IPSWICH businesspeople are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and save lives with a blood donation this month.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has put out the Battle of the Suits challenge, which encourages Queensland businesses to compete for the title of most generous blood donators.
Ipswich-based Bendigo Bank staff and RW Ramsey and Co. employees are two teams that will go head to head to show their support for those in need of blood.
Although the Bendigo Bank, with a 300-strong staff, definitely has the competitive advantage, representatives from both companies agreed the biggest winners would be the recipients of their donations.
Michael List, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank regional manager for south-west Queensland, said bank workers were keen to support their local community.
"For a number of people in our community, not having access to life-saving blood may not be something they think about until an emergency happens," Mr List said.
"We're delighted to take part in the challenge; it means that people in our community can receive blood when they need it most."
RW Ramsey accounting partner Paul Saba said the firm would allow workers time off to donate blood.
"We're going to make a small sacrifice to help out the community," Mr Saba said.
The battle will run until March 13 and will rank businesses in both Ipswich and state-wide charts.
For more information phone Blood Service community relations officer Danielle English on 3432 5509.
One in three people will need blood but only one in 30 people currently give blood
Australians need more than 27,000 donations each week
Donated blood helps people with cancer, serious illnesses and injuries, as well as babies and expectant mums