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Commissioners roll up sleeves for challenge

Commissioner Ian Stewart rolled up his sleeves today with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Mr Russell Bowles for the Emergency Services Blood Donation Challenge.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Mr Russell Bowles and Commissioner of Police at the launch of the Emergency Services Blood Donation Challenge.

Commissioner Ian Stewart rolled up his sleeves today with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Mr Russell Bowles for the Emergency Services Blood Donation Challenge.

Over a thirteen-week period, police, firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers from across Queensland will battle it out to see who could save the most lives through blood donation.

In 2014, police made the highest number of donations, saving more than 700 lives with 244 donations in eight weeks.

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Commissioner Stewart at the Edward Street donation centre.

Commissioner Stewart said the goal for the Queensland Police Service in this year’s challenge is to make 500 donations and save 1500 lives.

“We are setting ourselves a big goal but we are confident our members will rally to meet it,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“In 2014, members of the Police Service and families made 244 donations in eight weeks – more than double the number of our donations in 2013’s contest. With thirteen weeks for this year’s challenge, I’d love to see our service meet the goal of 500 donations.

“Even QFES have jumped on board and set themselves the same goal. This should make for an interesting competition.

“Through the course of their work, members of the police service know how important life-saving blood donations can be.

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The Commissioners all promised the media they would try and win.

“Participating in this challenge is another way police can support their community.

“The contest encourages friendly competition between the emergency services, but in the end the real winners are those who receive the blood donations.”

Every week the Blood Service needs 275,000 blood donations around Australia to meet patients’ needs.

“Donating blood takes a short amount of time, but can mean a lifetime for someone else.”

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