2017 Emergency Services Blood Challenge

1 June – 31 August 2017

During the annual challenge, emergency services organisations all over Australia compete to give the most blood donations. This year there’s even more reason to donate — along with competing with other emergency services in our state as usual, we’ll also be competing against our service colleagues in other states.

It’s our chance to prove that the SES in South Australia is the best at donating in the country!

Join the “SA State Emergency Service (SES)” Red25 group and give blood 1 June–31 August 2017 to have your donations count towards the tally.


Use the Service/Group name: SA State Emergency Service (SES)


How to get involved?

Simply join the Red Cross Blood Service’s group donation program, Red25, and donate during the challenge.

  1. Make a blood donation appointment for between 1 June - 31 August online or by calling 13 14 95
  2. Join the SA SES Red25 group, Use the Service/Group name: “SA State Emergency Service (SES)”. 
  3. Give blood to have your donation automatically added to the SA SES tally.
  4. Track the SA SES results online during the challenge.

2017 Emergency Services Blood Challenge


Can I give blood?

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, please call 1300 886 524 to confirm your eligibility:

Did you live in or visit the UK between 1980 and 1996, for a total of 6 months or more?
Are you under 16 years old?
If you are under 18 years of age, have you donated in the last 12 months?
Do you weigh less than 50 kg?
Do you have a serious heart condition?
Do you suffer from iron deficiency?
Have you had any medical procedures in the last 12 months or planned procedures in thenext 4 months?
Have you had any tattoos or piercings in the last 4 months?
Have you travelled outside of Australia in the last 4 months or to Papua New Guinea in thelast 3 years?
Are you taking antibiotics or ongoing medication prescribed by a doctor?
Have you been having ongoing dental procedures?
Can you think of anything else that may stop you from donating?


Before giving blood

Drink up – have at least 4 glasses of water/juice in the 3 hours prior to your visit

Eat up – make sure you eat something in the 3 hours before donating

Bring ID – please bring at least one form of photo identification