Issue 5
Monday, 01 July 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Media and Communications Director Robyn McDougall receives the trophy from Australian Red Cross Blood Service Regional Partnerships Manager (SA/NT) David McFarlane
Media and Communications Director Robyn McDougall receives the trophy from Australian Red Cross Blood Service Regional Partnerships Manager (SA/NT) David McFarlane

Rolling up the sleeves for a great cause

CDU’s staff and students have rolled up their sleeves to help save the lives of 300 people.

The CDU community takes part in an annual Red Cross Blood Service challenge, known as Red25, during which universities across Australia compete to lodge as many blood donations as possible in a three-month period.

CDU staff and students have embraced the challenge and earned the award for the greatest increase in donations of all universities during 2018.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service Regional Partnerships Manager (SA/NT) David McFarlane said CDU donations increased by 318.18% in 2018.

“This is a fantastic result, but more importantly it means that the 100 people from CDU who donated during the challenge have, in fact, helped to save 300 lives,” Mr McFarlane said.

“Together, Red25 members work towards ensuring that 25% of Australia's blood donations are secured.”

Red25 is a life-saving social responsibility program where workplaces, community groups, and universities unite to save lives through blood donation.