REG Kidd has kicked off the Councils Blood Challenge in an effort to boost winter blood supplies.
While about 7000 Orange residents actively give blood, the numbers traditionally drop as the cold weather sets in, according to blood service spokesman John Feist.
“We see donors cancelling appointments, because you need to be feeling 100 per cent fit and well to donate,” he said.
The blood challenge will run from July 1 to September 30.
Last year, it raised more than 4000 donations, saving more than 12,000 lives and Tamworth Regional Council was crowned the winner with 224 donations.
Cr Kidd made his first blood donation recently and confessed to being “a big sook with needles”.
“I can say now with pride that I have taken the steps and it was absolutely painless – the staff were fantastic and the milkshake was unbelievable, I will be a regular now,” he said.
Council workers can register their donation with Orange City Council’s Red25 donation group at donateblood.com.au and regular donors can also visit the website to book.