Western Power throws down challenge
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.