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Bendigo and Adelaide Bank number one for blood donations


Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has been awarded the title of Australia's number one blood donor in the medium-sized organisation category, for the second year in a row.

Staff made a whopping 1754 donations to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in 2015, eclipsing their nearest competition by more than 500 donations.

Even more impressive was that the Bank managed to beat its 2014-winning total by 45 percent, adding an extra 540 donations from the previous year.

Accepting the 2015 award at a ceremony at Melbourne's RACV Club last night, Bendigo Bank Executive Robert Musgrove said he was proud to represent hundreds of his colleagues who had rolled up their sleeves and saved lives.

"Our team know firsthand how important these donations can be," Mr Musgrove said.

"Just recently we had a senior staff member requiring a blood transfusion after collapsing at home. This lifeline has meant that he's now been able to return to work.

"We have one employee who marked his 180th donation this year, and he's already got his sights set on number 200.

"We would also like to congratulate our Community Bank partners from Elmore, Lockington and Rochester who, throughout last year, organised a 'blood bus' that transported volunteers to the Bendigo donor centre to make donations."

The Bank now has more than 8 per cent of its workforce regularly donating blood, with 14 per cent (or more than 1000 staff) registered to donate.

Mr Musgrove said the results showed how seriously staff took the Bank's culture of giving back.

"We're already getting started on claiming the 2016 title, with the aim of 2000 donations by year's end."

Red25 National Award 2015 - highest donations in the medium-sized organisation category (5000-9999 employees)

  1. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank - 1754
  2. Flinders University - 1214
  3. Charles Sturt University - 1030