Western Power throws down chal­lenge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

WESTERN Power aims to beat the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion this year to be­come the undis­puted cor­po­rate cham­pi­ons of blood do­na­tions in WA.

The ri­valry is part of the an­nual Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice Red25 blood do­na­tion chal­lenge that chal­lenges busi­nesses across the state to max­imise their blood do­na­tions to en­sure ad­e­quate stocks are main­tained.

Western Power as­set op­er­a­tions ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Dave Fyfe is lead­ing the util­ity’s en­try into the chal­lenge.

As a sur­vivor of the 2002 Bali ter­ror at­tacks and board mem­ber of the Fiona Wood Foun­da­tion, he has a pro­found un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tions in sav­ing lives.

Mr Fyfe said he owed his life to the hun­dreds of peo­ple who lined up at Royal Perth Hospi­tal to do­nate blood that was used dur­ing emer­gency op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing the at­tacks, and tak­ing part in the Red25 chal­lenge was his way of sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity that saved his life.

“We are putting the call out at a time when the Blood Ser­vice is urg­ing peo­ple with the O-neg­a­tive and O-pos­i­tive blood types to roll up their sleeves and give blood as the na­tion’s re­serve slips to just two days’ sup­ply,” Mr Fyfe said.

“Do­nat­ing blood is one time you can con­fi­dently say ‘I did some­thing to save an­other per­son’s life’.”

The Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion has been at the top of the Red25 ta­ble for the past six years and Mr Fyfe’s coun­ter­part there, gen­eral man­ager of the op­er­a­tions group Mike An­drews, ac­cepted the chal­lenge.

Mr An­drews said the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion was a proac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and took do­nat­ing blood very se­ri­ously, help­ing to save more than 9000 lives since 2011.

To­gether, all Red25 cor­po­rate teams are work­ing to­wards con­tribut­ing 25 per cent of Aus­tralia’s blood sup­ply.

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