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Emergency Services Blood Challenge well under way
This year’s Red Cross Emergency Services Blood Challenge is well under way and CFA members are currently holding second place, having made 254 blood donations since the challenge launched on 1June.
The challenge is in its ninth year and is part of the Red Cross Red25 program, which encourages groups and organisations to donate blood.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Doug Allen said the winter cold and flu season often has a significant impact on donor numbers, yet the need for blood never stops.
“One in three Australians will need blood or blood products at some stage during their life, however only one in thirty donate,” he said.
“Patients fighting cancer, infections and blood diseases are relying on donated blood to keep them healthy throughout winter.”
“We are grateful to all CFA members for taking the time to donate. Making a donation only takes an hour of your time and each donation has the power to save three lives.”
In 2016, 1807 donations were made in Victoria as part of this challenge. This year the target for Victoria is to exceed 2000 donations.
CFA members need to ensure they are registered to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Red25 group to make their donations count toward the challenge tally.
To get involved and to find your local donor centre visit: http://www.donateblood.com.au/
CFA’s Captain Koala recently took Billy the Blood Drop from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on a tour through Dandenong Fire Station and showed him some of the skills of a firefighter. Take a look below: