Saving lives is in our volunteers’ blood

UP FOR A CHALLENGE: Alan Pheeney (SES), Sandra Zigra (SES), Glen Griffiths, Chris Allen, Connor Golder, James Walker and Luke Gerritsen from West Nowra Brigade.
UP FOR A CHALLENGE: Alan Pheeney (SES), Sandra Zigra (SES), Glen Griffiths, Chris Allen, Connor Golder, James Walker and Luke Gerritsen from West Nowra Brigade.

Local volunteers have taken part in the Emergency Services Challenge.

Fire services, polices, ambulance services and the SES compete by state and by service to give the most blood donations between June 1 and August 31.

Last year, 8,145 people donated their blood, with each donation saving up to three lives.

We want to donate blood and show the community we help in more than one way.

Luke Gerritsen

“Today we have members from the Rural Fire Service, including Kangaroo Valley, Cambewarra and West Nowra, and members from SES and NSW Police giving blood,” West Nowra Brigade community engagement officer Luke Gerritsen said.

“We have about 20 people taking part today from all the emergency services between 10am and 1pm.

“We want to donate blood and show the community we help in more than one way.”

Each day more than 5,000 Australians give blood at a Red Cross blood service donor centre.

Of those donations, 34 per cent goes to people with cancer and other blood diseases, 19 per cent for other causes of anaemia, 18 per cent to surgical patients, 13 per cent to other medical problems including heart disease, 10 per cent to orthopaedic patients, 4 per cent to obstetrics and 2 per cent to trauma patients.