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Nanjing Night Net

LOCAL emergency services workers and volunteers rolled up their sleeves last week to take part in an eight week blood drive.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s National Emergency Services Challenge began on July 1 and is the ultimate lifesaving competition.

It sees police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency response volunteers go head to head to see who can donate the most.

Goulburn’s Inspector John Sheehan will take part in the challenge and hoped it would more people to follow in their footsteps.

“We’re asking emergency service workers and volunteers to ‘bleed by example’ this July and August,” he said.

“Our emergency services are already in the business of saving lives on a daily basis.

“We know that they can further inspire others to give blood by taking the lead during the National Emergency Services Challenge.”

The local SES currently has the smallest team with just two members – deputy region controller Kevin Anderson and region business manager Jo Humphries – however, they still believe they will fare well overall, with both being regular blood donors. In fact, the team’s first donation will be Anderson’s 100th.

Goulburn Blood Service community relations officer Linus Nesbitt said giving blood took just an hour of your time.

“Every donation helps to save three lives,” she said.

“With one in three Australians needing blood in their lifetime, there’s every chance that the lives saved could one day be yours or that of a close friend of family member. Yet only one in 30 Australians give blood, and with demand set to double in the next decade, we need to ensure that Australia has enough blood donors going forward.”

The challenge will run for eight weeks and, as an added incentive, the Blood Service is issuing the challenge for the services to reach a combined national tally of at least 2000 donations.

To donate as part of the challenge or to help save lives visit donateblood南京夜网.au or call 13 14 95.

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