Hashers make rosy dress dash

Megan Cunneen

CON "Blowout" Ragni's red face may have matched his bright red dress during the annual Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run on Monday night, but he will do it all over again next year. "I'm not comfortable running in dresses or even wearing dresses, but it's one thing we do for a good cause once a year," Mr Ragni said. The annual run coincides with the beginning of National Blood Donor Week, which aims and hopes to encourage more people to donate blood donors. The Hash House Harriers is a group of locals who get together on a regular basis to enjoy a social run and 49 "Hashers" were involved in the red dress run on Monday night. "The run itself was a great success, considering the night was cold, windy and miserable," Mr Ragni said. "It was good to see the numbers turn up." Carol "Hot Lips" Delnevo and Alan "Stumps" Buckley were awarded for being the best dressed by the official judges Mayor Kay McDuff and Bundaberg Blood Bank nurse Lorraine Tyson. "I was a judge last year and I was very grateful to have some help with the judging this year ? it was very difficult," Ms Tyson said. "We were judging on creativity, the cause and bravery ? you need a bit of bravery when you give blood, so the brave ones got our vote." The latest blood donation campaign has been titled Spring Into Action to coincide with Bundy in Bloom and welcomes first-time donors to give it a go. "We encourage people to come in and spend the morning with us and save three lives ? because that is what they do every time they donate blood," Ms Tyson said. The Bundaberg Blood Bank will be open for extended hours during this week, from 9.30 to 3pm today and from 9.30 to 12.30pm on both tomorrow and Friday. For more information, telephone 13 14 95.



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