Mayor of Blacktown City Stephen Bali is calling on residents to roll up their sleeves and donate blood as part of the annual Red Cross Red25 Council Blood Challenge.
The Council Blood Challenge is run by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and encourages staff and residents from local councils to donate blood between July and September.
NSW council blood donations throughout this period are tallied against each other with the most blood donations from the one council winning the challenge.
“So far Blacktown City Council’s tally is 34 donations to the Red Cross,” Mayor Bali said.
“This is a good start, but I encourage and challenge everyone who is able to do their bit.
“Donating blood doesn’t take long and you could save three lives in the process.”
Mayor Bali, who donated blood last month, has set a goal of 100 donations, which could save 300 lives.
“Tamworth Council, with a population a fraction of Blacktown City’s size, has 81 donations so far,” he said.
“Our Council has won numerous awards for our parks, environment and arts programs, just to name a few.
“Taking out the Red Cross Council Blood Challenge with a life-saving cause at its heart would arguably be our proudest achievement yet.
“So come on everybody: roll up your sleeves, help us win this worthy challenge, and help save lives.”
The challenge is open to anyone who lives or works in Blacktown City.
Simply tell the nurse in the Red Cross centre that you’d like your donation to count towards ‘Blacktown City Council’s Red25 Group’.
Red 25 refers to Red Cross’s goal of achieving 25 per cent of the blood donations needed by Australia.
The Red Cross blood donor van will be at Blacktown, Rouse Hill, Minchinbury, Plumpton and Marsden Park over the next few weeks.
For more information on van locations and dates visit www.donateblood.com.au/donate#find-a-donor-centre or call 1300 886 524.