Port authority joins blood drive



CENTRAL Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA) employees will donate blood today in an effort to assist The Observer's Target 500 Blood Drive Challenge.

Employees from a variety of areas throughout the authority will brave the Gladstone Blood Service needles from 8am today, and will continue through until early afternoon.

The Observer's Target 500 aims to collect 500 blood donations before the end of the year to boost local supplies.

Local Blood Service manager Bronwyn Sears said the need for blood supplies on a local level was vital at this time of the year.

"Each year, around Christmas, local supplies get to desperation level,'' Ms Sears said.

"People get busy and don't have time to donate, but just because it's the holidays doesn't mean the accidents and operations stop, so it's important we keep local supplies up.''

Target 500 is targeting local businesses to organise blood drives with the local centre.

To date nearly 400 donations have been made with a variety of businesses and people supporting the cause.

"The support so far has been overwhelming. We have had all sorts of people come in to help the cause,'' Ms Sears said.

But with only two weeks to go until the end of the campaign, donors are still needed.

CQPA community relations officer Kim Norton said she was pleased with the enthusiasm displayed by the CQPA employees who had registered their interest to donate blood.

"The majority of employees who are donating are first-timers, therefore are a little nervous, yet are happy to be supporting an important community service,'' she said.

If you haven't already assisted, phone the local blood service on 4976 3276 to book in a time for your business blood drive.

The Observer will run a series of photos from some of the donations to recognise those who supported the campaign.



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