Surf clubs in Sutherland Shire are supporting Blood Service Red25 program

Giving back: Melissa Irwin from Cronulla Surf Lifesaving Club donates blood as part of the donation drive challenge.

Giving back: Melissa Irwin from Cronulla Surf Lifesaving Club donates blood as part of the donation drive challenge.

Members of Cronulla Surf Lifesaving Club are out to prove they can bleed the best as part of a Sutherland Shire blood challenge, alongside North Cronulla, Wanda and Elouera clubs.

The challenge will see the four clubs lay down arms until December 8, helping to save more than 250 lives. 

It is part of the Blood Service Red25 program, which unites organisations and groups together to donate blood.

In the shire, Red25 provides 26 per cent of the donations needed to help save the lives of cancer patients, new mothers and babies, trauma victims, and other seriously ill people.

“We have members who have been recipients of donated blood and members whose loved ones have required blood products,” Melissa Irwin from Cronulla Surf Club said.

“It’s a popular cause because there is that understanding we likely all know someone who has benefited from blood donation.”

Blood Service spokesman John Feist says the challenge will tap into more than 200 surf club members.

“More than 180 litres of blood have been spilt by these surf clubs over the past year, all in the name of saving lives,” he said.

“With more than 20,000 donations of blood needed in the shire every year, we’re hoping this challenge will increase the number of blood donations by local organisations.”

Any business or group can donate as part of Red 25. Donations are tracked online, enabling groups to track how many lives they have saved.

To donate blood contact 13 14 95 go here.

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