Organisational blood donations save lives

BLOOD DONATIONS: Foundations Care non-placement support services manager Demian Coates with brave coworker Sharon Ritchie donating blood with the Red Cross. The donations are organisation-wide.

BLOOD DONATIONS: Foundations Care non-placement support services manager Demian Coates with brave coworker Sharon Ritchie donating blood with the Red Cross. The donations are organisation-wide.

EVERY blood donation to the Australian Red Cross can save three lives, and nine brave social workers from Foundations Care Armidale have saved 27.

Foundations Care non-placement support services manager Demian Coates said himself and his coworkers decided to donate blood after reading about James Harrison – a man who has saved the lives of an estimated 2 million babies through blood donation.

“We were talking about it in the office and one of the case workers who’s just had a baby said the vaccination that’s made from his blood actually saved her baby,” he said.

“Later on that day one of my friends got a text message telling them their blood had just saved a life.

“We’re seeing if we can make it an organisational thing.”

Mr Coates said it was a team-bonding experience.

“All the staff are really loving – they’re in a job to care for people so it wasn’t hard to promote the idea of saving lives,” he said.

“I think everyone in our community is a lot like that.”

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