Camaraderie was out in force at Bunnings on Wednesday, with Griffith Police taking part in a blood drive for the ‘Bleed 4 Blue’ campaign.
Around 40 police officers and staff made their contribution to the national challenge, doing their part to help NSW win the best state or territory for donating the most blood during February.
Griffith Local Area Command’s Superintendent Michael Rowan said the importance of the drive was paramount, and the support from Griffith police was evidence of the strong bond between officers and the community.
“I had 40 staff turn up, and there is a couple of others booked in today and tomorrow so it’s a great effort by my people. Their numbers will go towards the Bleed for Blue blood drive and once again, Griffith LAC punches above its weight,” Superintendent Rowan said
Responding to the call for blood donations 40 staff from the Griffith LAC attended the mobile blood bank that was deployed by the Red Cross to Griffith as a one off event.
Australian Red Cross Community relations officer Cathy Chapman said Griffith police had an awesome response.
“It was great! Nine were first time donors and two first time plasma donors. In addition to giving blood it’s a great health check for those donors and hopefully they will become regular ones,” she said.
The ‘Bleed4Blue’ campaign is a blood drive created for the policing community, as well as the general public, to give back following the stabbing of Detective Sergeant John Breda.
Sergeant John Breda needed more than 44 bags of blood to save his life, after being injured in the line of duty.
“It’s great from a community perspective. None of us know when we may require some blood, but we know it will be available, but only because some one has given the blood,” Superintendent Rowan said.