Ring Them Bells: The Parkes Ministers Association under the leadership of Pas- tor Andrew Taggart from the AOG church is inviting all churches to take part in a united prayer time. Michael Lynch from the Catholic Church suggested to use Thursday evenings from 6 to 7pm as community prayer time and invited churches to ring their bells during this time. People are also encouraged to light a candle in their window during this time to let the community of Parkes know about the prayer time. Everyone is invited to pray for our community during this hour every week.
Dangers of Sanitiser: NSW Health is reminding parents that alcohol-based hand sanitiser is dangerous if ingested, particularly for children. NSW Poisons Information Centre said while hand sanitiser was an important tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19, it has seen a spike in the number of calls due to hand sanitiser exposure incidents, mostly by babies and young children ingesting it at home. “Hand sanitiser products should be stored safely and out of reach of children,” said Genevieve Adamo of the NSW Poisons Information Centre. “When they are used by young children it should be under the supervision of an adult.” Most minor ingestions can be safely managed at home but telephone assessment is still important. “Calling the Poisons Information Centre first to see if you or your child needs to go to hospital may prevent unnecessary visits to the Emergency Department.” Contact the 24-hour Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
Blood Donations ‘Essential’: The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is calling on people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood. “We need donors now more than ever,” said WNSWLHD Haemovigilance Clinical Nurse Consultant, Karen Beattie. “The government has actually made blood donation one of the 16 reasons you can leave your home. There are 800 blood donation cancellations per day nationally and blood products shortages are potentially going to be a reality.” The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood need 29,000 blood donors every week. They have introduced procedures to meet social distancing requirements and keep their donors safe. “The need for blood never stops. Blood is needed every day by Australian patients.” The WNSWLHD is calling on eligible Australians to become blood donors and for existing donors to make and hon- our their appointments to prevent a potential shortage of blood supplies. Make an appointment online or call 13 14 95.