We spoke to one of our basketball heroes, Noel Young about why he donates blood.

In conjunction with the Red Cross, Basketball SA recently launched the Basketball Blood Challenge, an initiative aimed at the basketball community to increase awareness about the importance of donating blood, as well as donations for the Red Cross.

At present, we have 14 donations and we would like to congratulate North Adelaide Basketball Club who make up 9 of them. Donating blood is simple to do and while it may take longer than simply making a charitable financial contribution, we would like to encourage people to consider booking an appointment to help save lives.

Our 14 donations equate to 42 lives saved – how amazing is that!

We spoke to one of our basketball heroes, Noel Young about why he donates.

How are you involved in basketball?

I am a court supervisor and referee coach at Morphett Vale Stadium. My granddaughter has just started Aussie Hoops at Morphett Vale, so it’s almost like I live there.

Why do you love basketball?

I like getting out of the house and working with the younger kids. Hopefully I can help them improve their refereeing.

Have you ever donated blood before?

I started donating about 25 years ago and try to donate whenever I can. I have donated more than 80 times.

Why do you donate?

When my wife had surgery a while back she may have needed a blood transfusion. This made us think about blood donation, so we went to the clinic at Noarlunga and became donors.

Basketball SA would like to thank Noel and his wife for their ongoing dedication to both the basketball community and the Australian Red Cross.

To find out more about how you can get behind the Basketball Blood Challenge, click here.

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