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Wayne's Story
Canterbury
Blood Drop and Car
Motor racing and giving blood. Not two things you would usually put together. But for champion blood donor and racer, Wayne Christie, the two go hand in hand as a way of giving back to the community.

Wayne’s just had three great seasons on the track, with two South Island Series wins, a second place, and twice placing third in the NZ Motor Racing Series for his class. Motor racing isn’t the only part of his life where he’s a champion, though. This year he reached sixty lifetime blood donations!

They have both been lifelong passions for Wayne, who began giving blood at secondary school and has been around car racing for his whole life. ‘My father was heavily involved in the sport,’ Wayne explains, ‘so it’s something I always wanted to be involved in. I’ve been racing for nearly 25 years.’

‘I started donating blood because it just seemed a good community service thing to do. I didn’t know anyone that had needed blood, but I had a car accident in my late teens, which made me more aware of the need for blood donors.’

So how does motor racing fit in with giving back to the community? At Wayne’s level, racing is mostly self-funded, with major sponsorship very difficult to come by. So Wayne and his wife decided to support something worthwhile, rather than leaving the car blank. His cars show the ‘Save Lives, Give Blood’ message to spread the word to motor enthusiasts that New Zealand needs blood donors. As well as the signs on his car, Wayne’s team has proudly displayed New Zealand Blood Service flags and banners, had the logo on their team uniforms, and even had our friendly ‘Blood Dude’ join them at race meetings.

Wayne’s got the bug for racing and giving blood and it doesn’t look as though he’ll be giving up either of his passions any time soon. His enthusiasm is so infectious he has even encouraged a few work colleagues and family members to come along and resume or start donating.

Wayne explains, ‘what keeps me coming back to donate is the community service aspect and the great work that the Blood Service does in helping keep so many people alive. The staff are always super friendly and appreciative which makes it very easy to keep coming back.’

To find out more about how to become a blood donor call 0800 GIVE BLOOD. Have an idea for an unusual way you could spread the word about giving blood? Get in touch with your local Donor Centre.
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