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CFA sets sights on blood challenge

By: CFA News

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  5.08 PM 30 May, 2017


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Emergency services gathered at the Victorian Police Air Wing this cool winter morning (30 May) for the Emergency Services Blood Challenge launch hosted by the Australian Red Cross.

The Emergency Services Challenge is in its ninth year and runs from 1 June to 31 August.

Each of the services brought along their vehicles including a variety of trucks and aircrafts from CFA, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Victoria State Emergency Service and Metropolitan Fire Brigade who brought along their aerial appliance.

The challenge is a part of the Blood Services Red25 program which calls for all Australians in groups or an organisation to unite and donate blood.

It also presents a unique opportunity for a bit of friendly competition.

CFA member John Lloyd has been championing this challenge for a number of years, and this year he is keen to make sure CFA are the national winners.

“Last year we took out all the state awards with 744 recorded donations, potentially saving 2232 lives.

“We also came a close second to the New South Wales Police Force in the National tally and only missed top spot by 20 donations,” John said.

“As CFA members we protect lives and property, giving blood is another way we can be of service to our communities.

“So if you can, I urge you all to roll up your sleeves and get involved.

Members from the Doreen brigade, 1st Lieutenant Andrew Hoogenraad and firefighter Jan Franklin drove down to Essendon Fields in their medium tanker for the event.

“The challenge is such a great idea and this morning was a good opportunity to chat with the other agencies,” Andrew said.

“If a bit of friendly rivalry increases the donations that’s great,” Jan said.

In 2016 this challenge contributed 2,298 donations to the Blood Service, this year the goal is for 2500, potentially saving more than 7500 lives.

To get involved and find your local donor centre visit www.redcross.org.au

Last Updated: 30 May 2017