Blacktown City Council is leading the Red25 Council’s Blood Challenge and in the process has contributed to saving 762 lives.
In just under 2 months, the Blacktown community and Blacktown City Council staff have made a total of 254 donations.
Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali MP said it was great to see the community rolling up their sleeves for a good cause.
“So far we have made 60 whole blood, 183 plasma and 11 platelets donations,” Mayor Bali said.
“Donating blood does not take long but it goes a long way in helping save lives.
“This year our plasma donations have tripled and it is great to see people taking the time out for a positive impact.”
There is still plenty of time to donate before the challenge ends on 30 September, 2019. Donors simply need to ask that their blood donation be recorded on Blacktown City Council’s tally when they give blood.
Mayor Bali said; “Help us smash our goal of 300 blood donations from Blacktown City Council this year!”
Local resident and long-time donor Edwin Russell donated for the 500th time this year and his donation contributed to Blacktown City Council’s tally.
Mr Russell said donating blood has become the norm for him and was not an inconvenience.
“It is a good feeling [knowing] that I have been able to help so many people and I think it is something everyone should try.
Mayor Bali said: “Mr Russell’s commitment to helping save people’s lives through his many blood donations is a tremendous encouragement to all.”