Challenge issued to service clubs

The team from the blood service, Greg French, Angella Callaghan, Jennifer Bergantin and Kellie Harrison with Taree on Manning Rotary president, Alan Tickle.

The team from the blood service, Greg French, Angella Callaghan, Jennifer Bergantin and Kellie Harrison with Taree on Manning Rotary president, Alan Tickle.

ROTARY Club of Taree on Manning president and city councillor, Alan Tickle had issued a challenge to various social, sports and service clubs in the area to join Club Red.

Club Red provides an opportunity for organisations and groups in Taree to get together and do something special by regularly donating blood.

Any business, community or youth group can donate as part of Club Red. Donations are tracked online, allowing businesses to track how many lives they have saved.

Within the Taree area, so far 32 companies have signed up to start saving lives, but it's not too late for more to sign up.

Cr Tickle said that he is really proud of the fact that Greater Taree City Council staff have lead the way in the Club Red donations but the younger generation through St Clare's High School and the Manning Valley Anglican College are also in the top three organisations supporting this cause.

He said that Rotary has been signed as a Club Red group, and has received the support from the club presidents in the area to promote participation of Rotarian s and their friends and families.

"I encourage all service and sport and social clubs to participate in Club Red as well as individuals to also join as regular donor.

"There is of course the further option of being an organ donor.

"I can recall a few recent local cases of leukaemia where donors were located through the blood bank registry and virtually provided a life line."

Greg French spokesperson for the blood service said that this was a great motivation to get more people donating and an opportunity for local organisations to demonstrate what a real impact their group is can have.

"In around the same time as a meeting or your lunch break, you can help patients, including people with cancer, mothers-to-be and newborn babies.

"Not only do you feel good about giving blood, but you're helping to save three people's lives with every donation."

Roll up your sleeves and give blood. For more information call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

So far this calendar year 32 Club Red groups have donated at the Taree Donor Centre generating 101 donations and helping save 303 lives.

The top three organisations are Greater Taree City Council, Manning Valley Anglican College and St Clare's High School.

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