Suns shine light on blood donation
AUSTRALIA Day’s spirit should be about saving lives.
And this was the Red Cross Robina Blood Donor Centre’s message as they hosted the Gold Coast Suns at their annual Australia Day barbecue.
Suns vice captain Nathan Bock, Daniel Harris and Brandon Matera served up snags and encouraged locals to give the gift of blood.
Bock said the Suns were pleased to support the Blood Service’s Australia Day barbecue and speak with Gold Coasters about blood donation.
“Every blood donation helps save three lives, so by donating blood with a mate around Australia Day, you’ll be helping out your fellow Australians,” he said.
Blood service community relations officer Zoe Bargh said Australians were renowned for supporting each other when facing difficult times.
“When people are sick, suffering or in need that’s when you see the true Aussie spirit,” Ms Bargh said.
“So now we’re asking all Australians to show their true colours and come and donate blood.”
Gold Coast Suns community programs manager Corey Bell said the ‘donate with a mate’ campaign was one of many community initiatives the AFL’s newest team had embraced since launching on the Gold Coast.
“Gold Coasters are extremely proud and passionate about their region and, as the newest representatives on the national sporting stage, the Gold Coast Suns are both committed and delighted to be embracing and involving ourselves in many worthwhile causes and events,” Mr Bell said.
“The playing group under the direction of captain Gary Ablett and our newly appointed leadership group not only feel an obligation to be involved but, more importantly, want to do all they can to work with and embrace the Gold Coast community.”
Surprisingly just three per cent of Australians donate blood, but 30 per cent will need blood in their lifetime.
“We value all our generous blood donors,” Ms Bargh said.
“We would love to increase the number of people who donate around this special day where we celebrate being Australians – it’s a perfect opportunity to give life to those who need your help,” Ms Bargh added.