Port Macquarie emergency services take part in blood donation challenge

Emergency services challenge: Senior Constable Michael Dietrich. Photo: Ruby Pascoe.
Emergency services challenge: Senior Constable Michael Dietrich. Photo: Ruby Pascoe.

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood has called on all emergency services to roll up their sleeves and donate much-needed blood and plasma during winter for the annual Emergency Services Blood Challenge.

The call has been answered in Port Macquarie, with all emergency services personnel and locals supporting the work they do, joining the challenge.

Lifeblood Port Macquarie Donor Centre manager Lynette Cassapi said the challenge is a way to boost blood donations during the cooler months.

"It's harder for us to get donations during winter and emergency services are usually competitive against each other so it helps us to get the donations that we need," she said.

"It also provides an opportunity to celebrate our emergency services and the work that they do in the community.

"The challenge isn't just for emergency services personnel, but for people in the community who want to support them and give blood for them."

Laurieton-based Senior Constable Michael Dietrich rolled up his sleeve on Thursday, June 3, as part of the challenge.

"I first started giving blood when I was 18. I only picked it up again around six months ago and have been coming in to donate every two weeks since then," he said.

"Every drop makes a difference and it's a way that I can help out in a relatively easy way."

Senior Constable Dietrich said the challenge is a way to boost blood donations.

"We do have a local competition going between the emergency services."