Cessnock Council saves 51 lives
Cessnock City Council staff rolled up their sleeves and donated blood for the recent Red 25 National Council Blood Challenge involving councils from across the country.
Through Red25 the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is uniting organisations just like Cessnock from across the country to save lives and take part in one of the most important Corporate Social Responsibility brands in Australia.
Council had an 85% participation rate in the program seeing Cessnock take out the award for NSW Highest number of donors vs Red 25 members.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent accepted the award on behalf of staff alongside“Billy the blood drop”, who was all smiles following such a strong donation result from Cessnock Council.
Cr Pynsent said it was fantastic to get Council involved in the challenge and give staff the flexibility to donate during their hours of work.
“As a community it is important we support the Australia Red Cross Blood Service. I’m very proud of our staff who generously donated.”
“Congratulations to each of you, your donation has saved three lives,” Cr Pynsent said.
With the Red25 programme, you can track how many lives Cessnock Council have saved over the year, have a challenge between internal divisions or unite together with a blood drive over a specific time.
Council is urging other local organisations to get involved, as no matter how large or small your organisation is when people donate together we can achieve so much more for the 1 in 3 Australians that will need blood in their lifetime.
Find out more here http://www.donateblood.com.au/.