June 14 is World Blood Donor Day. The Department of Human Services has been supporting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service since 2007, saving thousands of lives through the donation of blood, plasma and platelets.
The department is part of Red25, a unique donating program run by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service which encourages community groups, schools and workplaces to coordinate blood drives or group donation bookings. Red25 works toward ensuring that 25% of Australia’s blood donations are secured.
In 2015, the department made 2,517 donations of Blood, Plasma and Platelets through the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Red 25 which helped save the lived of 7,551 people.
Staff at the department donate for many different reasons. Hover your mouse over the images below to find out why these staff donate, and watch the video for even more information.