CFA members get their blood pumping

The Emergency Services Blood Challenge 2020 has officially finished but the need for blood isn’t over.


Mount Eliza Brigade Firefighter Jaymie Moynihan

From 1 September the process of verifying the final donation numbers will begin, with final results to be announced in approximately two weeks.

This year’s competition was fierce, with CFA and Victoria Police fighting for first place.

The final results will be released soon. Teams can get a spot on the podium in one of four categories:

  • Most donations
  • Most new donors
  • Most plasma donations
  • Highest year-on-year growth

Even though the drive is over, the need for blood is ongoing. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days and nationally we need to collect 31,000 donations per week to ensure supplies for the community.

Whether its whole blood, plasma or platelets, every donation is appreciated by people who need transfusions or replacements.

One third of blood donations help treat people with cancer, and the blood you donate can be made into 22 different medical treatments.

To find out more information about donating go to the Red Cross website,  or ring 13 14 95 or go online to make a blood donation appointment.

Author: Holly Penketh