Blood challenge

June 20, 2017

Tatura SES member Rebecca Wilson.

Tatura SES member Cassie McMahon.

Jumping on board the emergency services’ blood donation challenge, the Tatura VICSES Unit is looking for people eager to donate with its members next month.

Running from June 1 to August 31, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service National Emergency Services Blood Challenge Red 25 encourages all emergency services to donate.

‘‘This winter, police, fire services, ambulance services and the SES are again competing by state and by service to give the most blood donations during the Emergency Services Blood Challenge 2017,’’ the challenge website read.

‘‘Last year, they made an amazing 8145 donations altogether; since each donation saves up to three lives, that’s up to 24400 lives saved.’’

Tatura VICSES unit controller Stephen Tuck said they had gathered a few brave members who would donate at some stage next month.

‘‘We’ve got a couple of members who have offered to donate on behalf of the service,’’ Mr Tuck said.

‘‘Since we’re doing a group booking we thought we would gauge some interest with the local community and see if anyone would like to join us.’’

Mr Tuck said although these donations would not go towards the VICSES Red 25 challenge total, it was a good opportunity to donate with some supporters.

He said they were taking expressions of interest via the unit’s Facebook page and a date would be set according to people’s availability.

‘‘We thought we would do a date sometime in July, but it depends on what’s convenient with everyone,’’ Mr Tuck said.

Mr Tuck said the VICSES was all about helping people and trying to preserve lives and this was just one more way the service could help out.

■To register your interest with the unit send a message via their Facebook page Tatura SES.

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