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It's blood battle time

Cane toads Fletcher Drake and Marie Marr face up against cockroaches Michael Rootes and Justin Arditto in the fight to donate the most blood.
Cane toads Fletcher Drake and Marie Marr face up against cockroaches Michael Rootes and Justin Arditto in the fight to donate the most blood. Blainey Woodham

WHETHER you bleed maroon or blue, the Red Cross Blood Service needs your blood.

With game two of the NRL State of Origin almost here, the two states are preparing to go head to head, on and off the field.

Queensland and NSW are battling it out for the most blood donations and at midway through the challenge, it's those who bleed maroon just in front.

The tally stands at 12,258 blood donations for Queensland and 11,477 for the blues.

As the state prepares to enjoy another long weekend, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is asking locals to continue to donate blood at special sessions being run across the state

For more information or to make an appointment, visit donateblood.com.au/origin or call 13 14 95.

Topics:  red cross blood service, state of origin


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