WA Police saving lives through blood donations

WA Police saving lives through blood donations

SAVING lives is in the blood of WA Police officers, who rolled up their sleeves 946 times last year.

All up, 281 police officers donated close to 450 litres of blood in 2016, helping to save the lives of more than 2800 people.

Their efforts at Edgewater Blood Donor Centre were recognised at the Red 25 Blood Donation Awards, presented at a ceremony last month.

They joined 812 other WA organisations and community groups in donating close to 26,000 bags of blood last year as part of the Red 25 social responsibility group donation program.

WA community relations officer Tiffany Gourlay said WA Police had saved more lives through blood donation than any other WA organisation or group in 2016.

“The Joondalup training academy in particular are so dedicated to saving lives that they have incorporated the promotion of blood donation into their new recruits training program,” she said.

Inspector Andrew Martin, from the academy, attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of WA Police.

“By introducing the Blood Challenge as an event in the Academy Cup, where each recruit squad competes against the other, we can draw on the recruits’ competitive nature to promote community engagement,” he said.

“This increases blood donations to the Blood Service to ultimately save lives and gets each recruit kick-started on a lifetime of giving blood.”

Any business or group can donate as part of Red 25.

Donations are tracked online, allowing groups to see how many lives they have saved.

For more information, visit www.donateblood.com.au/red25 or call 13 14 95.