26 September 2023

‘Bloody legends’ donate to save lives

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Ergon Energy and Energex have praised their ‘bloody legends’ — staff who have given 865 plasma donations and 457 whole blood donations in 2021.

It is estimated their donations have saved 4,086 lives.

Executive General Manager Customer at Energy Queensland, Michael Dart said Australian Red Cross Lifeblood was an essential service in the community “just like Ergon Energy Network and Energex”.

“Every storm season, Ergon Energy and Energex crews roll up their sleeves to help impacted communities and customers, but there’s also dozens of bloody legends in all parts of the businesses who help save lives all year around with plasma and whole blood donations,” Mr Dart said.

“At the moment, only half of appointments made to donate are being followed through, with a lot of regular donors isolating or unwell due to COVID.”

He said Red Cross Lifeblood needed 31,000 blood donations every week and a new blood donor every five minutes to keep up with demand, so it was important that anyone who was willing and able should consider making a booking to donate “even if it’s for the first time”.

Lifeblood Group Account Manager at Red Cross, Liam Richardson said Ergon Energy and Energex had been incredibly generous and asked other businesses to encourage their people to follow suit.

“It’s great to see businesses with large workforces like Ergon and Energex really get behind the message that we need more donors,” Mr Richardson said.

“I really encourage anyone who’s interested in learning more about donating blood or plasma to go to the Red Cross Lifeblood website and, if they’re willing and able, book a time,” he said.

“They’ll be making a real difference to someone’s life,” Mr Richardson said.

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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