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Officers roll up their sleeves for those in need

The Red25 Emergency Services Blood Challenge 2017 kicked off at the beginning of this month, and Queensland Police Service (QPS) members, families and friends have until August 31 to show that saving lives is in their blood.

The Red Cross Blood Service runs the challenge each year, pitting the QPS, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and Queensland Ambulance Service against each other to see which service can donate the most blood to save lives.

QPS was the winner last year, saving more than 1,500 lives with 517 donations and beating the goal of 500. The goal for the QPS this year is 600 donations, which will save 1,800 lives.

Every week the Blood Service needs more than 25,000 blood donations around Australia to meet patients’ needs. Traditionally, stocks are at their lowest in the winter months because many people cancel their appointments due to feeling unwell.

To participate, book an appointment online or by calling 13 14 95.

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

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