Student challenge helps save lives

Challenge: WSU Campus Life officer Emily Liddell with Who Bleeds Wins coordinator Mandii Carr at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Nepean Donor Centre.
Challenge: WSU Campus Life officer Emily Liddell with Who Bleeds Wins coordinator Mandii Carr at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Nepean Donor Centre.

Western Sydney University students and staff have been challenged to step up and help save lives this month.

Who Bleeds Wins, a play on the hit 90s TV show title Who Dares Wins, will pit the university’s school against school, staff against students, and club against club to see who can donate the most blood during the month of August.

University staff working in services such as security and catering are also being encouraged to join in.

The brainchild of WSU’s Penrith Student Campus Council vice-chair Mandii Carr, the challenge is designed to not only raise the amount of blood donations to the Australian Red Cross Blood Bank at Penrith but also draw attention to the dire need for blood products in the area.

“My mum was sick previously and needed blood donations,” Ms Carr explained.

“Blood donation was also always a thing she did. I thought [the challenge] would be a good opportunity to push the blood service.”

The challenge will run from August 1 to 31, and participants can nominate a university school, club or service they want their donation to contribute to.

“We want to get everyone involved, students and staff,” Ms Carr said. “We have got set days allocated where the blood bank is going to pick up students [and bring them to the centre to donate], but they can also make appointments on their own.”

Half of the allocated days have been booked out by participants already, however Ms Carr said the end of the month was still available for students and staff wanting to take part.

The successful school, club and service will receive a trophy acknowledging their life-saving efforts.

Ms Carr is hoping the challenge will be well supported so it can grow to an inter-campus event next year.

“This is the first time this has been done. I want to make this a cross-campus event, like Campbelltown versus Penrith,” she said. “I would really encourage students and staff to come along. It’s a great cause, you save lives, and there is free chocolate and wrist bands.

“Hopefully through the publicity it will also encourage other members of the community to give blood.”

The winners will be announced in September.