Boys in blue bleed for cause

Fairfield City police officers donated blood recently at Liverpool Blood Donor Centre.
Fairfield City police officers donated blood recently at Liverpool Blood Donor Centre.

Fairfield City police officers were part of the 930 who rolled up their sleeves to donate blood as part of the Bleed4Blue campaign in February saving more than 2800 lives.

The campaign was launched following the stabbing of Detective Sergeant John Breda at Maroubra last month.

Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson said it was “humbling” to see the support they have received across the nation.

"Our officers are already involved in regular blood donation campaigns and once again they have demonstrated the strong bond between police and the community,” he said.

O-Negative is always in high demand – it is the universal type given to patients in emergency situations.

“We also had a lot of officers and civilian employees donate blood and plasma for the first time so it’s great to see everyone making a difference and I’m proud to say NSW police donated 465 litres in just one month.”

Deputy Commissioner Hudson said just because this campaign has finished doesn’t mean the demand for blood has stopped.

One in three people are likely to need blood products in their life with only 1 in 30 donating

“It’s important for people to continue donating,” Deputy Commissioner Hudson said.

Did you know:

  • One in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime;
  • One blood donation can save up to three lives
  • 9 million Australians eligible to give blood but only 500,000 actively do so
  • Australia needs almost 25,000 donations every week to meet demand
  • Giving blood takes only one hour of your time and it can save up to three lives
  • There is no substitute for blood and we need blood of every type, every day to save the lives of thousands of Australians
  • The Blood Service needs to collect more than 1.3 million donations every year to meet patient demand
  • If you are aged between 16-70 years and are feeling well you may be eligible to donate blood
  • Please call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au to make an appointment