Clubs urged to sup­port Red25 blood do­na­tion

North Coast Weekender - - News -

REG­U­LAR blood donor Jeff Costello is in­spir­ing his team­mates to roll up their sleeves.

The Joon­dalup Giants Rugby League Club vice-pres­i­dent has ral­lied not only his club but all rugby league clubs in WA to join the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice’s Red25 chal­lenge.

“Red25 is all about mak­ing peo­ple aware of the im­por­tance of giv­ing blood and adding some friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween, in our case, sport­ing clubs,” he said.

Hav­ing re­cently notched up 75 do­na­tions, Mr Costello said he wanted to help af­ter hear­ing pa­tients talk about the dif­fer­ence blood do­na­tion has made in their lives.

“I was at the Edge­wa­ter cen­tre giv­ing blood and saw the armed forces do­nat­ing for the De­fence Force Chal­lenge and thought this would be a great way to pro­mote aware­ness for more peo­ple to do­nate,” he said.

“So I asked how the rugby league com­mu­nity could get in­volved. I put it to NRLWA chief ex­ec­u­tive John Sack­son and he was equally keen to get the chal­lenge go­ing.”

Red25 aims to en­sure 25 per cent of the coun­try’s blood do­na­tions are se­cured, with each do­na­tion count­ing to­wards a group’s tally. Visit www. do­nate­

Joon­dalup Giants pres­i­dent Sa­muel Nor­ton, Stacey Hen­driks, Prin­ci­pal Fuimaono, vice-pres­i­dent Jeff Costello and James Howarth.

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