The Emergency Services Blood Challenge is well underway and CFA members continue to make life saving donations.
Over 490 donations have been completed by CFA members saving more than 1470 lives. This is already 100 more donations ahead of where we were last year.
Last week Baranduda firefighter Gary Wattie made his 90th donation.
“I try to go every two weeks to donate plasma. However life, health and work gets in the way sometimes and that’s ok.” Gary said. “You just have to get back on the horse as soon as you can because every donation we give is one they didn’t have before.
“Sometimes there is a shortage of whole blood so the fantastic lifeblood team ask if we can donate whole blood instead.
“This just means instead of donating every two weeks you come back in four weeks.
“I’ve known a lot of close family and friends who have needed blood in their lifetime.
“My mum had a blood transfusion when I was born and my wife lost over two litres of blood when she delivered our third child almost sixteen years ago.
“I had been donating prior to that but after my wife needed so much blood, I was more dedicated to the cause.
“My wife eventually was allowed to donate after receiving her life saving transfusion; she donated quite a few times after that as she understood just how valuable donating blood was.
“A know a number of friends and family who have also either received lifesaving blood transfusions and/or blood products for cancer treatments etc.”
Gary often donates with his son Cameron who is a firefighter with the Leneva Fire Brigade.
“Officially he is a Leneva Brigade Member but is currently living back at home so turning out with Baranduda also.
“He was a junior member at Kiewa Brigade and transferred to Baranduda as a senior member, he was itching to donate blood as soon as he turned sixteen.” Greg added. “But the rules changed a few months before his birthday, making eighteen the minimum age to donate.
“He is now a regular donor with me.”