It’s Fraser Coast V Bundy in 2023 blood donation challenge

FRASER Coast residents are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and become regular blood and plasma donors in 2023.

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Deputy Mayor Paul Truscott encourages Fraser Coast residents to become regular blood donors in 2023. PHOTO: Supplied.

Council has challenged its counterparts in Bundaberg to see who can donate more blood and plasma next year.

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The 12-month Red Cross Lifeblood Council challenge was the brainchild of Fraser Coast Councillors to increase and raise awareness for life-saving blood and plasma donations.

Deputy Mayor Paul Truscott said Councillors and Council employees from both the Fraser Coast and Bundy were regular donors.

He said the challenge was a great way to increase donations through a bit of friendly competition.

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“Both of our Councils already participate in the annual three-month Local Government Blood Challenge which runs from July to September so this will up the ante and see us compete for the year,” Cr Truscott said.

“We know one in three people will need a blood or plasma donation at some point in their life yet only one in 30 donates.


“Lifeblood needs more than 1.6-million donations every year to meet the demand for blood and blood products.

“This friendly challenge is a chance for the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg Councillors and staff to roll up our sleeves to do our bit to assist those in need.”

Check your eligibility here:

The challenge will start on 1 January 2023 and finish 31 December 2023.

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If you are between 18 – 75 years old and feeling well, you may be able to donate.

Blood donations can be made every three months while plasma can be donated every two weeks.

Recent changes mean those living in the UK between 1980 and 1986 can now donate as well, while most medications don’t affect donations.

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