Photo: CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan makes a blood donation for this year's Emergency Services Blood Drive.
This week, CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan led by example and donated blood, in support of the 2023 Lifeblood Emergency Services Blood Drive.
With a little over a month remaining for this year’s blood drive, he used this as an opportunity to inspire CFA volunteers and staff to make a blood or plasma donation.
Since the blood drive kicked off on 1 June 2023, CFA members have made a total of more than 540 donations, including more than 335 plasma, 190 whole blood and nine platelet donations.
“Once again, I’m proud of the continued support so many of our CFA members give to the Emergency Services Blood Drive, by rolling up their sleeves to save lives,” Chief Officer Heffernan said.
One in every three Australians will need blood in their lifetime and yet only one in 30 Australians choose to donate.
“Our members put people and their communities first in everything that they do,” he said.
“I’m calling on members who may have never donated blood before, as well as those who’ve made a habit of it, to make an appointment during the next few weeks and help contribute to CFA’s tally.”
Last year, CFA volunteers, staff, friends and family racked up a total 1361 donations and 4083 lives saved.
CFA members can register to have their blood or plasma donation counted under the CFA Team.
“Let’s beat last year’s tally and top the list for the 2023 Emergency Services Blood Drive, once again.”
The Lifeblood Emergency Services Blood Drive runs from 1 June to 31 August.
CFA members or anyone interested in registering to donate blood can register at www.lifeblood.com.au.
To find a donor centre near you, visit https://my.donateblood.com.au/app/appointments/location.