Students bleed for challenge
NERVES were barely taken into account when Shalom College students lined up to give blood last year.
The years 11 and 12 students and teachers were able to rack up the highest number of donations of any school in the region.
The 175 donations combined meant the school was able to take out the 2010 Blood Challenge, earning a trophy in the process.
Bundaberg Blood Service community relations officer Melinda Everett said across the district, high school students gave almost 400 blood donations last year, saving more than 1190 lives.
“These young donors are only 16 and 17, but their generosity and community spirit make a life-saving difference to blood recipients from all over the country,” she said.
“Some of them may have been nervous their first time giving blood, but their desire to help others soon conquered any nerves.
"They should be very proud.”
Shalom College teachers were also raising their sleeves and managed to take out the Corpuscle Cup for the most number of donations from teachers.
Across the district more than 350 donations were received from teachers.
In the smaller schools, Isis District State High School managed almost 100 donations, winning their category.
To donate blood, visit www.donateblood.com.au or call 131 495.