‘Make donation more powerful than money’

PUTTING out an urgent call out last month for more blood donors, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service says an early start to this year’s flu season has hit their blood stocks hard, particularly in the O and A blood types.

Joining the national Red25 blood drive initiative and answering the call to help save lives, Dooleys, Club Merrylands and Auburn Tennis Club have also engaged in a little healthy competition to see which club can give the most blood before July 31.
Aiming to collect a total of 150 donations, each club is vying to be crowned the ‘2019 Clubs Blood Drive Champion’.
Urging people to join their Red25 challenge, Dooleys CEO David Mantle says while one in three people will need a blood donation during their life, only one in 30 people currently donate blood.
“We want to help change this statistic and encourage everyone in the community to join us and help saves lives,” he said.
Club Merrylands Bowling Group CEO, Neil Watts, said they were keen to volunteer alongside neighbouring Cumberland clubs to donate lifesaving blood.
“This collaboration serves our community by assisting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in their vital initiative,” he said.
Also encouraging staff and members of Auburn Tennis Club to roll up their sleeves and get behind the initiative, Bankstown Sports CEO Mark Condi says the challenge will make a really meaningful difference in the community.
“A single blood donation can impact on so many lives, beyond the three lives that it can save, and if we can get over the 150 donation total, imagine the number of people we could help?” he said.
Make a donation more powerful than money and join your local Club’s team, for more information call 13 14 95 or visit