Burnie Mayor says Burnie is the heart of Tasmania

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons has rolled up his sleeve to prove that Burnie is the heart of Tasmania.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service recently launched a new campaign to get Tasmanian towns and cities to battle it out to see where in Tasmania has the biggest heart when it comes to donating blood.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “From today (19 March) until 29 April the donations will be added up and added to a tally depending on where you live. I would love to see Burnie community members that are able to donate blood take the challenge like me. Hopefully we can prove how giving and brave our community is and at the same time save lives.”

Each year, more than 1.4 million blood donations are used in Australia to save the lives of people with cancer, heart, stomach and bowel disease, accident or trauma victims, pregnant mothers and newborn babies. One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in 30 currently donates.

“This is the first time I will have given blood. I have always thought I should do it, but just haven’t gone as far as booking it in. When I read about the campaign, I thought it was time and if by me doing it for the first time encourages others, then all the better.

“It doesn’t take long, apparently it isn’t painful and at the end of the day I can hold my head up high and know that my donation will save three lives,” Mayor Kons said.

To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

Mayor Steve Kons will donate his blood at 12:15pm tomorrow (Tuesday 20 March) At the Australian Red Cross, Wilson Street Burnie.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net