Physically distancing - but always united. Join the CPSU Lifeblood team!
World Blood Donor Day is on Sunday 14 June - kicking off National Blood Donor Week 14 – 20 June.
But as unionists, we know that every day we work together is a day where we make things better, so don't let Blood Donor Day being on a Sunday hold you back - any day is a good day to donate if you can.
From each according to their ability, to each according to their need. Did you know that only 1 in 30 eligible donors donate blood, but 1 in 3 people will need it in their lifetime?
If you are eligible to donate blood (take the quick quiz here), please join the CPSU Lifeblood team and organise an appointment in the coming weeks. (Just like going to your doctors, you need an appointment to give blood.)
You can register as a donor here, and join the "Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU)" team when you do!
You can book an appointment by calling 13 14 95 or go online to find your nearest donor centre and book online at www.donateblood.com.au.
If nothing else, it's a reason to get out of the house. What a bloody great idea, ey?
Spread the word - share your selfie with us by tagging @cpsunion on Instagram or Twitter, and using #BloodTypeCPSU. We want people thinking scrolling in their feeds thinking "wow, there's blood (donations) everywhere!"
Please be aware that the government has declared blood donation an essential service, so if people are concerned about leaving home to donate, they are allowed to do so.
In every donor centre we are taking appropriate measure to ensure that it is as safe as possible to donate. We have increased our cleaning processes. We have implemented physical distancing measures. All donors are temperature checked before entering the centre. Only blood donors and nurses are allowed in centres (no visitors or friends coming in to support donors are allowed in).
To learn more on the safety measure put in place, please visit https://www.donateblood.com.au/page/coronavirus-update
No matter where you are on the rainbow - everybody's blood is red.
We know that some of us can't donate blood for a bunch of medical reasons - that is a-ok! However, not everybody who should be able to donate blood is allowed to. Some of the eligibility rules - while designed in the interests of risk aversion and health and safety - are archaic, and there are community movements to reform them. You can find out more about that here.