Bank hopes the blood runs free in Robina record bid

10 Mar

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Australian Red Cross volunteers Jarrod Davis, William Riva-O’Connell and Ann-Cathrin Keller signing students up to donate blood at Bond University.

By Tom McKee, Bond University Journalism Student

 

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is planning a record-breaking charity event to be held at several locations in Robina on March 18.

The Red Cross hopes to have 60 people donate blood in one day.

The current record for the Robina region is 47.

Red Cross volunteer Jarrod Davis said that he enjoyed having the chance to join an organisation that could help so many people.

“Each individual donation can save up to three lives,” he said.

“Your one blood donation – which isn’t that much to you, maybe 10 or 15 minutes of your time – is going to help quite a lot of people.

“We thought that was quite important and we thought, if we’re going to do something, let’s do it to our full potential and let’s try to break the record.

“We’ve got the entire Robina centre booked out, and we’ve got a blood donation bus coming to Bond.”

The Red Cross plans on having 40 volunteers donate at Bond University, while hoping to process another 20 through the Robina branch at 86-104 Robina Town Centre Drive.

Around 30 people have signed on to the cause already, and hopes are high that the target of 60 donations will be met.

Mr Davis said that the Red Cross hoped to receive continuing donations from many of the donors signing up for the event.

“We’re trying to develop an ongoing relationship, so instead of just 60 people, maybe it will be 300 donations over a year if those people keep on donating,” he said.

“I just think it’s a good cause – it doesn’t take much out of your day and it makes a big difference.”

The event will take place all day on March 18 at Bond University and at the Australian Red Cross Robina Centre.

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