Trish Etherton donating blood with nurses Bernice Chapman, left, and Vicki Olsen.
Trish Etherton donating blood with nurses Bernice Chapman, left, and Vicki Olsen. Chrissy Harris

Pumped for a challenge

PUMPING blood through physical activity is not the only way Gladstone region gym goers, trainers and owners are doing things these days.

Local fitness enthusiasts are participating in the Gym Challenge put out by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, encourages staff and members of gyms across the state to donate blood not only to support their community, but also in the hope of their gym taking out this year’s title.

When Trish Etherton, owner/manager of Tannum Fitness Centre, was asked to take part in challenge, she didn’t have to think twice.

“I’ve been donating blood myself for over 40 years, so thought it would be a great way to encourage my staff and members to do the same,” she said.

Ms Etherton herself has benefited from blood donations, receiving a blood transfusion at just nine months of age for serious burns. She said that being a regular donor was her way of giving something back to the community while helping to save lives.

With rock climbing and a sauna available as well as gym facilities and group fitness sessions, Tannum Fitness Centre certainly has a diverse range of members, and Ms Etherton is hopeful that this will give her gym a fighting chance.

The challenge is on until November 30 and keen gym goers and staff from six local gyms have been booking appointments to give blood and ensure their gym has a chance at being crowned the Queensland champion.

“Just one donation can save the lives of three people and it takes less time than the average workout,” Blood Service community relations officer Katie Woodrow said.

If you are a member of a local gym or would like to sign up your gym, please come and donate blood at the Gladstone Donor Centre at the Gladstone Hospital to help your gym take home the Champion’s trophy.

Other Gladstone region gyms involved are Figures Health & Fitness, Yaralla Fitness Centre, Curves, Jetts 24hour Fitness and Powerhouse Fitness.

Ms Woodrow said although the competition may be fierce, staff and members recognise the most important part is saving lives.

To give blood or for more information call 13 14 95 or visit

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