Out with the old blood, in with the new for Clarence Valley Council parks and gardens plant operators Steve Martin, left, and M
Out with the old blood, in with the new for Clarence Valley Council parks and gardens plant operators Steve Martin, left, and M

Giving blood, ?it?s better than being at work

By Emma Cornford

A picnic is not where you would usually hear discussions about donating blood.

But for Clarence Valley Council workers Steve Martin and Mick Gray, it was at the council's union picnic last weekend that they were convinced to visit the Grafton Blood Bank and part with their precious blood.

Neither of the men had donated blood before they found themselves on a bench at Grafton Base Hospital on Wednesday, but they both said they were glad they did.

"I've always wanted to give blood ... I just never really knew what it involved. But now that I know I'll be a regular," Mr Gray said.

"I'd recommend it to everyone."

Mr Martin also said he would be coming back to donate more blood.

"It helps people out. And lying here is a lot better than being at work."

Mr Martin and Mr Gray were two of around 40 council workers who volunteered to give blood after United Services Union acting organiser Craig Chandler organised a blood drive in the area.

"This time of the year there are a lot of road accidents and it could be local people who may need blood, but the levels of blood are so low," Mr Chandler said. "So the Clarence Valley Council management and the union initiated this blood drive."

Anyone fit and healthy aged 16 to 70 can give blood at the Grafton Blood Bank, which operates on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Appointments can be organised by calling 13 14 95.



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