Clontarf boys donate blood on National Blood Donor Week

A big phobia of needles didn’t stop Jordan Blackstow from donating blood for the first time on Tuesday.

From June 11 to 17 is National Blood Donor Week. It’s a time when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service says a special thank you to all those who donate blood.

Among those recognised for their incredible efforts this year will be John Rodis, who has donated 350 times.

As well as celebrating the big donors, this week is also a prompt for new people to roll up their sleeves. Five young men from Dubbo College’s Clontarf Academy have already stepped up to the plate.

“With the world the way it is now we need to make a difference where we can,” Jordan said.

Khyle Borwick said donating was something he definitely thought more people should do.

Nationally around three per cent of people are blood donors, however the figure is doubled in Dubbo. To join the ranks of those who roll up their sleeves, call 13 14 95 or visit