FRIENDLY COMPETITION: Emergency Services departments have challenged each other to see who can donate the most blood. From left, Ambulance paramedic Deb Walters, Police sergeant Nadine Webster, and senior firefighter Brad Wilson.
FRIENDLY COMPETITION: Emergency Services departments have challenged each other to see who can donate the most blood. From left, Ambulance paramedic Deb Walters, Police sergeant Nadine Webster, and senior firefighter Brad Wilson. David Nielsen

Blood battle to save lives

SAVING lives comes as second nature to our region's emergency services personnel, but for the next three months, they'll be going about that job in a very different way.

Winter in Ipswich is notorious for scaring potential blood donors away, and the annual Emergency Services Challenge is one of the ways in which the Red Cross Blood Donor Centre aims to combat the crisis.

Police, firefighters and paramedics will compete for the highest number of blood donations from now until the end of August.

Red Cross spokeswoman Amy McDowell said the Ipswich donor centre was short more than 250 donors for the month of June.

"We're hoping this challenge will help by inspiring emergency service personnel and other people from Ipswich to donate blood to help combat this shortage," Ms McDowell said.

"The target for Queensland's Emergency Service Providers over the three months is to make a total of 850 blood donations, however the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service have already pledged 500 donations each, so the challenge is on."

Ipswich residents can give blood during the long weekend.

The Ipswich Donor Centre is open today and Monday, 7.30am-1.30pm. To donate phone 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au

 



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