It’s time to roll up your sleeves for the annual Emergency Services Blood Challenge, which starts today.
Hosted by the Australian Red Cross, the challenge aims to bring people together and save lives through blood and plasma donations.
Any emergency services personnel can take part by forming a Lifeblood Team or joining an existing one.
Once part of a team, any blood product donation you make between 1 June and 31 August will be automatically added to your team’s total. You can follow the progress of your team and others throughout the challenge.
Participating teams have the chance to compete against their colleagues and win a place in five categories this year. They are:
- most donations
most plasma donations
highest member participation
most new donors
highest year-on-year growth
A single blood donation can save up to three lives. The donated blood can be made into 22 different medical treatments. Treatments are used for events such as operations, childbirth, trauma, and illnesses and diseases.
Depending on what you choose to donate – blood or plasma – a donation appointment can take from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.
Take part, register or join a team at donateblood.com.au/lifeblood-teams/emergency-services
To follow your progress and see which team is leading the challenge, visit my.donateblood.com.au