Bundy emergency crews donate blood
BUNDABERG’s emergency services workers see first hand the importance blood donations make in saving lives.
And it is no surprise they are eagerly rolling up their sleeves as part of the Australian Red Cross Battle of the Services Challenge.
The challenge is a campaign run by the Red Cross blood service from October through to December in which police, Corrective Services, Emergency Management Queensland, Community Safety, and ambulance and fire and rescue staff have been challenged to see which service can donate the most blood.
At the halfway point, 46 donations have been made in Bundaberg, while Corrective Services are the highest participants Queensland-wide with 3.44% of staff donating.
“Everyone has been putting in a huge effort. We’ve had lots of new donors and we are hoping it continues this month,” blood service worker Joanna Nicolson said.
Ms Nicolson said the challenge had collected 623 donations so far, helping save 1869 lives across Queensland.
“The people working for the services involved in the challenge save lives and see the need for blood every day,” she said.
“It’s wonderful to see Bundaberg local service staff embracing this campaign and saving even more lives by becoming blood donors.”
All donors have the option of giving a specialised donation of plasma — the most versatile component of blood, used to make a variety of products used in lifesaving treatments.
At present the Bundaberg branch of Australian Red Cross requires 220 donations between plasma and whole blood every week to reach its quota.
According to Ms Nicolson, this figure will likely increase over Christmas.
“In the silly season demand always increases, so it is really important people continue to donate,” she said.
“People are travelling and are busy over the holidays so it is easy to miss, but we can’t afford anybody to forget.”
To accommodate donors during the break, the Bundaberg Blood Donor Centre at the Bundaberg Hospital is putting on extra sessions.
The special sessions are between 9.30am-11.30am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.How to donate
- Register to donate by visiting www.donateblood.com.au and searching for Bundaberg
- Once registered the centre will respond and arrange an appointment
- The Blood Donor Centre is located at Bundaberg Hospital
- Phone 4151 6375 to make an appointment if already registered
- Blood collection times vary