Teens brave vampires for blood bank deposits

THERE'S been some vampires hanging around Yamba this week, and apparently they'll be making an appearance every three months.

But that hasn't deterred a brave group of Maclean High School students, who put all needle fears behind them yesterday and fronted up to give blood for the first time.

Lesley Sutton is a PE teacher at Maclean High and started gathering momentum for the Young Bloods program in January this year, prior to the accelerated need for blood after the Victorian Bushfires.

“I really wanted to show people that generation Y kids aren't as selfish as they're made out to be,” she said

Thirty students put their hands up to donate this time but there was only room for 15.

“We have 1000 kids and 80 teachers at the school so I am hoping in future the Red Cross will be able to make a separate day available to collect from Maclean,” she said adding a big thank you to Maclean Community Transport for donating their bus for the day.

Besides getting a couple of hours off school, the volunteers were happy to learn that one donor's blood could save three lives.

The Red Cross will be collecting blood at the Yamba Bowling Club every three months - for bookings call 131 495



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