Giving Blood This Winter To Save Lives

31 May 2018

Victoria’s hard-working emergency services are going head-to-head to see who can donate the most blood, as part of a campaign to save 10,000 lives.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today launched the 2018 Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Emergency Blood Challenge at the Melbourne CBD Donor Centre.

The race is on among police, paramedics, firefighters and SES volunteers to see which agency can make the most blood donations and save the most lives. It’s all about boosting blood stocks for the winter season.

Last year, Victoria Police edged out the CFA and Ambulance Victoria to claim the top prize. In total, Victoria’s emergency services personnel made 3,102 donations – saving 9,306 lives.

When winter arrives, the Red Cross Blood Service often experiences a drop-off in donor numbers, but the demand for blood remains high all year round.

That’s why the Andrews Labor Government gives the National Blood Authority $110 million for the resources it needs to make sure hospitals can access blood and blood products for patient care.

Around 25,000 blood donations are needed every single week in Australia to meet patient demand, while every blood donation can save up to three lives.

But while one in three Australians will require blood in their lifetime, only one in 30 is a blood donor.

To donate blood, call the Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“The race is on. We’re challenging our hard-working emergency services personnel to roll up their sleeves, brave the cold and give blood, and save lives.”

“Demand for live-saving blood donations never stops. That’s why it’s important we all heed the message to give blood for those who need it most.”

“Some of Victoria’s sickest patients are relying on our generosity to stay healthy and survive.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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