Bloody hell! Students step up to devise donor strategy

DONATE FOR LIFE: Chanel College blood donation ambassadors Emma Westman, Tristan Clay and Maggie Kearney with Barry Lynch of the Red Cross.
DONATE FOR LIFE: Chanel College blood donation ambassadors Emma Westman, Tristan Clay and Maggie Kearney with Barry Lynch of the Red Cross. Luka Kauzlaric

HELPING out is in the blood of a group of Chanel College students.

Student leaders joined forces with the Australian Red Cross blood service on Wednesday to devise a strategy for increasing the number of blood donations by members of the school community.

One in three people will need blood or blood products at some stage in their lives.

While most people would think donating blood is about helping people survive car crashes and other traumatic injuries, only 2% of blood collected is used for this.

Australian Red Cross's Barry Lynch said schools in the Gladstone region were doing a fantastic job promoting the importance of regular blood donations.

"Across Australia we need about 27,000 donations every week. Blood has such a short shelf life."

Chanel College student and Red Cross blood service ambassador Tristan Clay said he plans to use social media to raise awareness.

"We will use social media, our college newsletter and posters to raise awareness," he said.



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