Red25 Award for JCU

@JCU Red25 Award for JCU

JCU has been awarded the third-highest rate for blood donations in Queensland in 2015 under the Red Cross' Red25 program, saving more than 2000 lives.


In the group photo L-R:
Kristy Duggin, Team Tobi
Sharine (Spanner) Milne, Bloody Bikers
Jeffrey Allman, Team Tobi
Darryl Griffiths, Qld Correctional Services
Professor Richard Murray, James Cook University
Clint (Dad) & Madison Matthew (recipient)
Suzy Kendall, Mater Private Hospital
Ian Maughan, Dulux Trade Centre
Sandy Holmes, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

In a special ceremony in Townsville last Tuesday, JCU (represented by Professor Richard Murray, Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry) received the Red25 Award.

Red25 is a unique giving program by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. It aims to unite workplaces, community groups, schools and universities around Australia to save lives through blood donation.

Red25 members work towards ensuring that 25% of Australia's blood donations are secured.

Results are below for the state award given to JCU last Tuesday include:

* 1st Griffith University - 721 donations, 2,163 lives saved
* 2nd University of Queensland - 714 donations, 2,142 lives saved
* 3rd James Cook University - 669 donations, 2,007 lives saved

During 2015 JCU team members and students contributed to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (and this was captured in the Red25 program, you can see tally pages via, listed below are most of the contributing groups:

James Cook University - 669 donations
James Cook University Medical Student Association - 221 donations
James Cook University Pharmacy Student Association - 179 donations
James Cook University Dental Student Association - 41 donations
James Cook University Vet & Biomed - 38 donations
James Cook University School of Sport & Exercise Science - 9 donations
James Cook University Occupational Therapy Student Society - 4 donations
James Cook University Student Association - 2 donations

A total of 1190 donations throughout 2015 made at a variety of donor centres (and the highest number of donations were made at Townsville Donor Centre).

Professor Murray was invited to speak at the event and organisers said "he was a delightful guest speaker, and a wealth of knowledge about blood and blood products".


All local donations were made at the Townsville Donor Centre, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas (the Mobile Donor Centre closed mid-2015).

For more information on how to donate blood and where, visit: or new students can join Red25 via

Blood donors save lives so donate blood today.