Red Cross nursing assistant Kobi Bennett gets ready to take blood from Western Suburbs’ Trent Prossliner while Joe Szegfu and Dennis Evans look on.
Red Cross nursing assistant Kobi Bennett gets ready to take blood from Western Suburbs’ Trent Prossliner while Joe Szegfu and Dennis Evans look on. Scottie Simmonds

Chance to bleed for the Maroons

A GROUP of Bundaberg footballers are doing their bit to show they bleed maroon this State of Origin season.

Players for the Western Suburbs Panthers are rolling up their sleeves to donate blood as a part of the Donate for Your State campaign.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has once again issued a challenge to Queensland and New South Wales to see which state can tally the most blood donations.

The challenge is open until the day of the third game in the series on July 6.

“I can’t think of a better way to save lives, and you’ll be helping Queensland to beat the Blues at the same time,” Bundaberg Blood Donor Centre spokeswoman Melinda Everett said.

“Currently the tally stands at 14,891 for Queensland and 13,231 for the Blues, so the off-field competition is getting close.”

Ms Everett said Blues supporters living in Queensland would not have their blood donation counted towards the maroon tally.

She said each donor got the opportunity to vote for which team they would like their donation to count for.

“Whether you’re a regular donor or have never given blood before, this is your chance to show support for your State of Origin team and your community,” she said. “By donating blood, fans can show their loyalty and also save lives.”

To make an appointment, visit or call 13 14 95.



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