THE INTERSCHOOL rivalry between Queanbeyan and Karabar High School is on again as they vie for the Red Cross' Club Red Award for the most blood donations received.
The Red Cross Blood Donation Unit will be rolling into town next week giving students the opportunity to make more donations and increase their tally.
Last year, Queanbeyan High School who had held onto the Vampire Shield for 14 consecutive years was bumped out of the top spot by Karabar High School.
There were just 21 donations between the two schools with Karabar High School tallying 186 donations compared to Queanbeyan High School's 165.
Queanbeyan High School blood donation coordinator Ian Crabb said the school was still able to pick up the Club Red Award.
"In 2012, two awards were made the Vampire Shield and Club Red award. Karabar High School made the highest number of donations while Queanbeyan High School had a higher percentage of donors comparative to the student population," he said.
"Now the award for schools, corporations and community groups are calculated on the percentage of donations compared with the number of people in the group. It's a good thing, it means all schools like those in Braidwood and Yass can compete against bigger schools."
Mr Crabb said he hoped a bit of friendly competition would inspire other organisations to donate. The school has clocked up their 110th blood donation for the year.
"We do want to win the award but at the same time we really hope that the commitment of our students would inspire other schools to donate to the same level," he said.
"Almost every week we have new donors coming and signing up. It has a high profile in our school because of our ambassadors."
"For 16 years that's been the culture at Queanbeyan High School ... so many of our students really want to become blood donors as soon as possible."
One such student is year 10 student and blood donor ambassador Thuy Nguyen.
"Blood is something that everyone needs, you can't buy or produce it. The only other place to get it is from other humans so that's why I wanted to donate,' she said.
"I felt nervous before giving blood but afterwards I felt great because I've been able to help save someone else's life. You could be the one needing blood one day."
n The Queanbeyan Mobile Blood Service will be at Riverside Plaza, north car park from Monday, September 2 to Friday, September 6.