Staff at Goulburn-Murray Water braved it as part of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Red25 challenge for which they made 80 donations throughout the year.
The donations contributed to saving 240 lives this year and G-MW recreation and land strategy officer Jay Whittaker said the aim of Red25 was to fulfill 25 per cent of the total blood donations needed by Australia.
‘‘This means when staff donate it will be registered under the G-MW group, so we see collectively how many donations we’ve made and, for a bit of healthy competition, how we’re tracking against other water authorities and organisations,’’ he said.
According to Mr Whittaker, G-MW has made the third highest amount of donations of the 19 Victorian water authorities registered as Red25 members this year, following Yarra Valley Water with 109 donations and Melbourne Water with 95 donations.
‘‘It’s not a bad effort up against the Melbourne water authorities whose staff have access to a wider range of donation centres with more flexible opening hours,’’ Mr Whittaker said.
‘‘But it’s not all about the competition, that’s just a bit of fun and a way to encourage more donations to save more lives.’’
■To make an appointment to donate blood, phone 131495 or request an appointment online at www.donateblood.com.au/make-appointment