Let the blood run free
FOOTY players were spilling blood for a good cause yesterday.
About 15 Marist Brothers Rams kicked off the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Donate for Your State appeal, challenging other clubs to better their contribution of over seven litres.
As the official Community One Charity for the NRL’s State of Origin series, the blood service is calling on NSW and Queensland fans to bleed for their team, with the winning state to be announced at game three of the series.
Last year the Blues won the challenge with 23,320 donations, compared with the Maroons’ effort of 22,883.
Club president Terry Dardengo has donated regularly since 1998.
“It’s a great thing to do and it’s only about a pint in the old system, so you can replace it with a pint of beer afterwards,” he quipped.
“I’ve got to say it’s pretty poor form that only three per cent of Australians donate blood. It’s like a footy team – everyone has to chip in or you let the team down.”