Gold Coast ready to win national blood donor challenge

The City of Gold Coast has its sites set on the top spot for blood donations this year, in the annual ‘Councils Challenge’.

Councils from all around the country compete in the challenge, to try and get as many donations as possible.

Last year, Gold Coast Council racked up 182 donations, which placed us first in the state.


We also placed third in the country (behind Blacktown: 268 and Tamworth: 265). But this year, we want number one.

From July 1 to September 30, donors can pop into their local center (Robina or Southport) and register as part of the ‘City of Gold Coast Red25’ team for the donation to count.

If the Gold Coast can get to 334 donations – we’ll have saved 1000 lives! And hopefully have won the challenge!

Acting Mayor Donna Gates isn’t able to donate herself, but she’s cheering on her fellow Councillors and council workers, and says their family and friends can count towards the tally as well.

“We’re encouraging every one of our City officers to consider donating this year.

“Every time someone donates, they can save up to three lives.

“Even family members of City employees can donate and make it count towards the tally,” Acting Mayor Gates said.

While the competition is on, the blood challenge is a timely reminder that regular blood donations are crucial, and not just for those receiving them.

Last year, City of Gold Coast officer Gavin Wheatley took part in the Council challenge.

It was the first time he’d ever given blood, and he continued the donations after the drive. He even made the switch to plasma donations.

Though during routine testing of his plasma, he was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.

Mr Wheatley says he’s thankful his diagnosis was found early and he encourages everyone to donate blood, whether part of the ‘Councils Challenge’ or not.

“Blood donation is so important as you are helping others in a time of need, while also performing a health check for yourself as the screening process is extremely thorough.

“By giving blood, not only could you be saving someone else’s life, you could be saving your own,” Mr Wheatley said.