Helping in their blood: cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo and Stirling go head-to-head in TriCities Blood Challenge


Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts,Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d472550
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts,Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472550

THE battle is on to save 30,000 lives through blood donation.

In an annual tradition, local residents and staff from the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo and Stirling are going head-to-head in two TriCities Blood Challenges to see who can give the most blood.

Last year, more than 8600 blood donations were made during the three-month challenges, saving the lives of almost 26,000 people.

City of Joondalup residents were the victors of the 2016 community challenge, with 78 donations more than second- placed City of Stirling.

In the corporate challenge, City of Wanneroo beat runner-up City of Joondalup by just 13 donations.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said they hoped the three cities would together make an extra 1700 donations before the challenge ends on September 30.

“It’s going to be a close competition; at the halfway mark City of Joondalup are in the lead for both challenges but the other cities are hot on their trail,” she said.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City’s 3104 donations in last year’s community challenge equated to Joondalup residents helping to save more than 9300 lives.

“That was a fantastic effort from our generous community and I encourage everyone within the City of Joondalup to get behind this worthwhile cause again this year,” he said.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was proud of her City donating more blood than any other local government in WA.

“I’m sure our big-hearted community will get behind this initiative once again and show just how simple it is to help save lives,” she said.

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

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