Mayors set to do battle


Bloody battle: Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard.  Picture: Martin Kennealey         d452143
Bloody battle: Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d452143

RESIDENTS from Perth’s northern suburbs are being asked to roll up their sleeves for a bloody battle between the cities of Stirling, Joondalup and Wanneroo.

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.

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.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the challenge would be an chance 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.

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 in the hope it will inspire new donors,” he said.

To donate, visit donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.