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Red25: engaging the community to donate blood
It's no secret that every year emergency services personnel compete for bragging rights in the Australian Red Cross’ Red25 blood challenge.
Traditionally, there is a downturn in blood donations during the winter months: the purpose of the Red25 challenge is to bolster supplies of blood during the cold and flu season.
In District 10 the challenge is alive and well and rearing to go. The mobile blood donor centre has rolled into town and emergency services personnel in the district have appealed to the wider community to donate blood by means of a media article posted on the front page of the local newspaper.
CFA District 10 Operations Manager Alan Rankin, Victoria Police (Sale) Senior Constable Jason McCoy and SES Sale unit controller, Jack Daniel met at District 10 headquarters in an exemplary show of bipartisanship and camaraderie aimed at galvanising the community to unselfishly extend their arms and donate blood for those in need.
Besides encouraging the community as a whole to donate blood, it is hoped that the article (Gippsland Times Article) will prove to be a catalyst in assisting CFA to obtain the maximum number of donations for the Red 25 challenge of 2016. A number of District 10 staff and volunteers have already committed to visiting the mobile blood centre during its three week stay in Sale.
The mobile blood donor centre will be in Sale from Monday 25th July through to Friday 12th August.