The force is with Midland Blood Donor Centre in drive for more donors


KC Carver, Rachel Corlett  and Shawn Hisey with  Jared Corlett were dressed as Star Wars characters at the Midland Blood Bank.
KC Carver, Rachel Corlett and Shawn Hisey with Jared Corlett were dressed as Star Wars characters at the Midland Blood Bank.

THE galaxy’s most prominent goodies and baddies are uniting to save lives in Australia’s first-ever costumed blood drive.

Costumers from the Rebel Legion Wraith Base descended on the Midland Blood Donor Centre last week to compete in the inaugural Australian Red Cross Blood Service Galactic Forces Challenge.

The blood drive runs until the end of September and its donations will be essential to helping the Blood Service recover stocks following a month of increased demand from hospitals.

Jawa KC Carver said costume groups were aiming to make at least 50 donations nationally; enough blood to help save 150 patients.

“Many Australians identify with cinema pop culture and we believe it’s a great platform for raising awareness about the real challenge of getting enough blood donors,” Ms Carver said.

“Quite a few members of our costume clubs have had a brush with the need for blood, be it themselves or a loved one, so we feel very strongly about this.”

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said the nation’s Galactic Forces costume groups were ‘bleeding’ by example.

“We’re always looking for new blood donors in Midland, especially on Sundays,” Ms Willet said.

“The beauty of this Challenge is that anyone can join in, even if they’re not a costume club member. We’ve created the Friends of the Galactic Forces group for people to attribute their donations to this month.”

The Challenge is part of the Blood Service’s Red25 group donation program that encourages work and community groups to unite to save lives.

Appointments are essential, so to donate call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.