THE St Pat's rugby league club was aiming to put itself into contention for the Claret Cup win on Wednesday.
The Claret Cup Blood Challenge sees sporting clubs across the Central West compete against each other to generate as many blood donations as they can for Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.
Competing clubs this year include Bathurst Bulldogs RUFC, CSU Rugby, Orange Emus RUFC, Orange City RUFC, Orange Tigers, Barnstoneworth United FC, and St Pat's.
To boost the club's total, St Pat's booked out the Lifeblood mobile donation centre on Wednesday and recruited players and supporters to roll up their sleeves for the cause.
Sponsorship coordinator David Chapman said there were 15 people scheduled to donate as of Wednesday morning.
"It's the first time we've been in the Claret Cup and knowing what these footballers are like, they do take some organising, so I reached out to Lifeblood and asked if we could book the van for most of the day and really rally around the day and have it as a dedicated club day, and they were more than happy to accommodate that," he said.
"I see this becoming an annual event after this year. It's just our way as a club to give back to the local community, which is what we're all about."
The rivalry between the clubs is fierce and they're all doing what they can to win.
"I noticed that a couple of those other clubs were skipping to an early lead so by putting on this day today, it's a way of us getting some good numbers on the board," Mr Chapman said.
The Claret Cup concludes on May 31, giving clubs a few more weeks to donate.
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