Gym employees raise awareness

BLOOD, sweat and tears is a term generally associated with physical exercise and gym members are a taking it a step further by actually parting with one of them.

As part of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Gym Challenge, Yaralla Fitness Centre employees will donate blood for the cause while raising awareness among gym members about the need to increase blood stocks.

Yaralla Fitness Centre manager Julie Withoos said this would be the first time any of the group had donated blood.

“I’ve thought about it for a long time, just haven’t got there,” Ms Withoos said.

“This will actually make us start going. It’s like exercising, once you get into the habit of it, it becomes part of what you do.”

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 fighting chance. If you are a member of Figures Health and Fitness, Yaralla Fitness Centre, Curves, Jetts 24hour Fitness, Powerhouse Fitness or Tannum Fitness Centre, or would like to sign up your gym, donate blood at the Gladstone Donor Centre to give your gym a chance at being crowned Queensland champion.

Blood Service community relations officer Katie Woodrow said there was strong competition between local gyms but staff and members recognised that the most important part was saving lives.

“The response so far has been fantastic, with gym staff and members stepping up and taking the challenge to support this campaign and save lives by becoming blood donors,” Ms Woodrow said.

To give blood or for more information call 131 495 or visit

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