Thursday, June 13, 2024


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From Pool To Purpose Mackay Sinkers Make Impactful Blood Donation

Recognising the importance of blood and plasma donations, the North Mackay Sinkers Masters Swimming Club have made an impactful commitment in support of the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood organisation. 
A while ago, the Sinkers executive committee discovered that several members regularly donated blood or plasma. They decided to reach out and explore how the club could support this valuable community activity, thus, the North Mackay Sinkers Masters Swimming Club Life Blood Team was established.
In a unique team-based event, the Sinkers established a Red Cross Blood Team where 25% of the club contributed to the vital blood supply in 2023 with 15 members participating in the first year.
In 2023, their collective efforts resulted in 61 donations, aiding the Red Cross in providing essential products to 192 patients in urgent need of life-saving transfusions.
The 2024 year is off the starting blocks in fine form with the team now boasting 17 members. At the end of May they had made 43 donations to assist 129 lives. The club is now on track to handsomely exceed its 2023 total and has set a new PB target of 80 donations and 240 patients assisted in their need of blood products.
Surprisingly the relatively small club Life Blood Team lies in 7th place behind some heavy hitting companies and organisations.
On a recent donation it was noticed that a certain member of the Mackay Road Runners was also in to provide a blood donation.
With the 16th BMA Marina run now completed, the Sinkers are eager to know if the Road Runners might like to form a Life Blood Team and bolster the Mackay Red Cross Blood centre with another team in a spirit of friendly community care.
Has your Sporting Club got a Life Blood Team? If so, the North Mackay Sinkers would love to know so that the sporting community can jump on board and get involved in this opportunity to assist patients in need of crucial blood necessities.
As they surpass previous achievements, the North Mackay Sinkers extend a heartfelt invitation to the broader community to dive into this great cause.
If your club would like to form a Life Blood Team, contact the Red Cross on 13 14 95 and ask for the coordinator to assist.

Contributed by Daniel Stampa

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