RESIDENTS from Perth’s northern suburbs are being called upon to roll up their sleeves for a bloody battle between the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo and Stirling.
The three cities are taking part in the TriCities Community Blood Challenge to see who can donate the most blood.
The cities’ mayors kicked off the challenge, which runs until June 30, by calling for donors new and old to join them.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the challenge would be an opportunity for the cities and their residents to enjoy a friendly competition to save lives.
“Our residents have a reputation for being generous and giving and I’m sure our community will embrace this initiative and ensure we finish in first place,” he said.
Mayor Giovanni Italiano said Stirling was a multi-cultural city.
“I’d like to encourage residents of all cultural backgrounds to call the Blood Service and make an appointment to donate blood,” he said.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Blood Service worked hard to collect blood on behalf of the community.
“I encourage everyone to donate because while many people take for granted that blood will be available to them, in an emergency, unfortunately, this is not always the case,” she said.
Blood Service spokesman Shaun Inguanzo said new blood donors were always needed. “We’re encouraging a bit of friendly rivalry between the three communities, in the hope it will inspire new donors,” he said.
To donate, visit donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.