Gareth Lorigan donates to Emergency Services Blood Drive

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A Diamond Creek Fire Brigade volunteer is getting behind this year’s Emergency Services Blood Drive because donating is a small act that can make a significant difference in someone’s life.


Gareth Lorigan moved to Diamond Creek in early 2023, with his wife Natalie, and daughter Rahni. After having several volunteer roles in the past, he joined CFA to meet and give back to his new community.

“I have always wanted to be part of something big, something with more impact. I have a deep personal value in giving back and CFA has that impact, not just the firefighting but the community engagement that comes with the role,” Gareth said.

He has enjoyed using equipment and receiving ongoing training in areas he was previously unfamiliar with.

“The opportunity to learn practical skills that take me out of my comfort zone has been challenging yet rewarding,” Gareth said.

At the start of Gareth’s CFA journey, a Diamond Creek brigade member, Fiona Macken suggested he join GoodSam, a program that operates in conjunction with Ambulance Victoria, that uses a smartphone app and volunteers to assist people suffering cardiac arrest.

Gareth said the opportunity to support someone facing an end-of-life emergency is a real honour and privilege.  

Gareth finds the most rewarding part of volunteering is knowing that his efforts are directly contributing to the wellbeing and safety of those having a tough moment or even their worst day.

“I work in the corporate space, so the opportunity to learn hands-on and deliver in practical critical frontline services is fulfilling and keeps my world in balance,” Gareth said.

In addition to volunteering at CFA, Gareth has been donating blood for a few years, with about 10 donations to date.

“I was a late starter because I had to wait for Red Cross Lifeblood to lift the ban on people who lived in the UK in the 1990s. I encourage everyone to donate, it doesn't hurt at all and it is an easy way to give back,” Gareth said.

Gareth donates blood and plasma because it is a simple yet powerful way to save lives. It is simple, painless and takes less than an hour.

“I love that the Blood Bank tells me what my donation was used for. Oh, and they have great milkshakes as a reward!”

Gareth encourages everyone to find something to do that will make a difference.

“Donating blood, joining a charity group or helping someone less fortunate is a great way to maintain your own mental health and improve overall wellbeing. I love that my work, home, and volunteer worlds can collide for the good. I find it very stimulating and rewarding to say the least.”

The  Blood Drive, held annually by Australian Red Cross Lifeblood from 1 June to 31 August, calls on emergency service workers to compete in a bit of healthy competition by providing the highest number of blood and plasma donations.

To book a donation, visit, call 13 14 95 or download the donate blood app.

To find a donor centre near you visit


Submitted by CFA Media