Make move or lose Bloodislow
HERVEY Bay residents had better get a bloody move on if they want to claim the 2009 Bloodislow Cup.
The annual competition, which pits Bay blood donors against bleeders in Maryborough, wraps up on Saturday and the Heritage City looks set to reclaim the trophy from its sister city.
Latest figures show Maryborough having reached 88 per cent of its yearly donations target, while the Bay was sitting at 81.4 per cent.
But don’t think the Whale City’s prognosis is terminal.
Australian Red Cross Blood Services spokesman Duncan Birt said the lead-up to the final tally usually saw a flood of devoted bleeders rush in to boost their city’s score.
He said it was possible for Bay bleeders to join together and close the gap.
Among the final donors of the year were Maryborough State Emergency Service members.
They took time out from their busy volunteer work to donate blood as part of the inaugural Battle of the Services challenge.
“Saving lives is already part of SES members’ charter, so it seemed appropriate that each went one step further to save three lives with their single blood donation,” Mr Birt said.
“We love having these groups come in to the blood bank.”
The inaugural Battle of the Services created some friendly rivalry during October and November and with it brought new donors to both blood banks.
To donate blood make an appointment at donateblood.com.au or by ringing 13 14 95.BLOODISLOW CUP
Donations this weekMaryborough: 112
Hervey Bay: 127
Totals to dateMaryborough: 3960
Hervey Bay: 4885
Yearly targetsMaryborough: 4500
Hervey Bay: 6000
Target achievedMaryborough: 88%
Hervey Bay: 81.4%