Ipswich City Council saving lives in national challenge

Ipswich City Council is showing other local government organisations how it’s done in this year’s Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Local Government Blood Challenge.  The challenge, which runs until 30 September, sees councils, directorates and shires around the country compete to save the most lives through blood and plasma donation. 

The challenge, which is now in its sixth year, has over 305 organisations taking part in 2021 and has come at a time when the donations are very much needed.  Right now, demand for blood is at its highest level in over a decade, with hospitals using more blood than they did compared to the last two years.

Employees throughout Ipswich City Council have so far saved over 200 lives through their donations, ranking them 8th in the country and 3rd in the State, at just over halfway through the challenge.

Mayor Teresa Harding thanked council employees for giving the most precious gift.

“Generosity, resilience and stepping up in a time of need: time and again our residents have shown what makes the Ipswich community spirit so special,” Mayor Harding said.

“It’s fantastic to see council employees leading by example and considering the one in three Australians requiring blood products during their lifetime.

“Thank you to every employee at council who has given the gift of life during this year’s challenge.”

Blood Service spokesperson Sandee Thompson said Ipswich City Council staff involved in the Lifeblood Teams program were to be congratulated for their amazing efforts so far!   

“We hope that their wonderful example will encourage more staff members, other local Queensland local councils and the public to join the cause and give others a second chance at life.”

“One in three Australians will need blood or blood products at some time in their life, and blood is needed somewhere in Australia every 24 seconds, so it just goes to show how important these blood and plasma donations are,” she said.

To book a donation, call 13 14 95, visit or download the free Donate Blood app.

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