Riviera boat builders take on the challenge to save lives
A big congratulations goes to Riviera staff - they have won the Red Cross Blood Service's Bloodislow Cup challenge for the third consecutive year.
More than 200 staff put on a brave face for the nurses at the mobile blood bank as they collected approximately 97 litres of blood throughout the last financial year, helping to save 615 lives.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service Liaison Officer Zoe Bargh said that the Bloodislow Cup was a fierce competition, just like the Bledislow Cup.
"But the aim of the Bloodislow Cup is not to win a match, but rather to help save lives," said Ms Bargh.
"The Bloodislow Cup is a challenge among businesses on the Gold Coast to see who can make the most blood donations in their organisation throughout the year.
"In 2008, it was a very close competition, but Riviera managed to take out the title for the 3rd year running. With over two hundred donations made over the last financial year, Riviera won with massive 11.84 per cent of their staff donating.
"Riviera generously allow their staff an hour off to donate blood. A single donation helps save three lives, so the small amount of time required to give blood really makes a significant difference."
Riviera CEO John Anderson said it was great to see Riviera staff go the extra mile to help save lives.
"I am impressed by their enthusiasm and congratulate them on winning the Bloodislow Cup for the third consecutive year," he said.
"Organiser Tony Schmid deserves a pat on the back for his dedication to the Red Cross Blood Service and his community spirit is an inspiration to all."
Only one in thirty people donate blood, but one in three will require blood or blood products at some stage in their lives. This includes people with cancer, heart disease, new born babies, women with pregnancy complications, people with haemophilia as well as accident victims.