CSU blood donations save thousands of lives

16 APRIL 2019

Blood donations by staff and students at CSU in 2018 saved 7,245 lives.

* CSU students and staff made 2,415 blood donations in 2018

* CSU blood donations saved 7,245 lives

* CSU ranked fourth in 2018 national university blood donations

Blood donations by staff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2018 saved 7,245 lives.

Figures provided by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service show that CSU personnel made 2,415 blood donations in the 2018 Red Cross Red25 Challenge across the University’s regional footprint.

Nationally, CSU placed fourth behind larger metro-based universities for 2018 blood donations.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said, “I congratulate and thank all our students and staff who made donations and contributed to the 2018 Red25 Challenge.

“This is a practical demonstration of the University’s motto ‘For the public good’, and two of its values of being impactful and inclusive. Well done to all our donors.”

CSU Campus

2018 blood donations

Estimated lives saved

Albury-Wodonga

282

846

Bathurst

425

1,275

Dubbo

53

159

Goulburn

66

198

Orange

246

738

Port Macquarie

244

732

Wagga Wagga

1,000

3,000

*** Please note that the discrepancy between total campus tallies (2,316) and the overall CSU total (2,415; difference = 99) is due to some donors being registered as ‘CSU’ but not allocated to a specific campus; their donations were added to the CSU all-campuses tally. Furthermore, the total for CSU in Wagga Wagga might be assisted by the permanent blood donation centre in Wagga Wagga, whereas other campuses rely on quarterly visits by Red Cross Mobile Blood Donation Vans.

All CSU staff and student donors are asked to check with Red Cross staff when next they donate to ensure that they are allocated to a specific CSU campus tally for the 2019 Intercampus Challenge which runs from 1 March to 1 July.

Mr John Feist, NSW/ACT Community Relations Officer with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, said, “We would like to say a massive thank you to all the students and staff at Charles Sturt University for their fantastic efforts donating blood in 2018.

“To help save over 7,200 lives is an amazing achievement and everyone involved should be extremely proud.

“The patients and their families that have been helped by those donations will be forever grateful.

“We look forward to your continued efforts in 2019, let’s see if we can save even more lives together this year!”

Media Note:

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The Top 5 blood donation universities in Australia in 2018 were:

University of Queensland    3,065

Melbourne University           2,678

Monash University               2,616

Charles Sturt University  2,415

James Cook University       2,209

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