Members of The Cathedral School community are being encouraged to get behind the School’s Centenary celebrations by achieving 100 blood donations, one for each year since the School was founded in 1917.
For The Cathedral School’s Principal, Mr Ian Gamack it will be the first time he has donated blood.
“To be honest, I’m a little bit nervous about donating blood but I know it’s for a great cause on a great occasion.”
“The Red Cross Blood Service is always desperate for donations and if we can help by encouraging our staff, students and parents to get behind this vital service it’s a great thing” added Mr Gamack.
Mr Chris Proctor, Community Relations Officer for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service thanked the school for helping to save the lives of patients in need of blood.
“You can be certain that when you give blood, you are really making a difference to someone’s life. Blood is vital to life and for many people, blood donors are their lifeline. Currently only one in 30 Australians give blood but one in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime” he said.
Long term staff member Mr John Rauch knows all too well the importance of blood donations having visited the Red Cross Blood Service 337 times since he was 18 to donate.
Mr Rauch said donating blood is an easy and rewarding way of giving back to the community.
“Anyone aged between 16 and 70 can start giving blood and it’s very easy to do. It only takes an hour of your time and every donation helps to save three lives”
To find out more about giving blood or to make an appointment contact the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.