Battlelines drawn over blood donations between northern suburbs residents


City of Wanneroo donors Mark White, Sandra Hansen, Jessie Everington, Simon Musgrave and Osvaldo Bravo.
City of Wanneroo donors Mark White, Sandra Hansen, Jessie Everington, Simon Musgrave and Osvaldo Bravo.

CITY of Joondalup residents are leading the race in a battle for blood against neighbouring councils.

More than 2000 people in Joondalup have donated since the Tri Cities Community Blood Challenge started on April 1, with two weeks to go until bragging rights are won.

They lead the City of Stirling with nearly 2000 donors and City of Wanneroo with more than 1600.

Wanneroo is ahead in the corporate challenge, with council employees including a ranger, swimming instructor and youth support worker, doing their bit to help recently.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said residents’ donations were appreciated.

“That is a great contribution already and we are hopeful that more people will donate in the last few weeks of the competition,” she said. “Giving blood only takes an hour of your time and with more than 25,000 donations needed across Australia every week, we would love to see City of Wanneroo residents support the challenge and visit blood donor centres.”

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the campaign was important to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood.

“Joondalup residents are proud of their reputation of being generous and giving in nature and fully understand that by donating blood, they are actually saving lives,” he said.

“There is still plenty of time left to book an appointment before the challenge ends on June 30.”

Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano also encouraged residents to donate before the end of June.

“The City is very proud of our residents for rolling their sleeves up and making a blood donation,” he said. “Such an altruistic act can save up to three lives every time someone donates blood.”

Visit donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.