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GPC’s Jon Kane leads one of Australia's biggest blood drives
Community champion Jon Kane has taken home Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Volunteer of the Year award after driving one of Australia’s biggest blood donation groups, in memory of a good mate and GPC apprentice, Brent Holland.
The Bleed4Brent program started in 2017 after 20-year-old GPC electrical apprentice Brent tragically lost his life to leukaemia.
Since then, Jon has made 14 whole blood donations and encouraged 80 new donors to donate blood.
Each year, GPC recognises employees who have gone above and beyond for the community with seven standout nominees in 2020 who have scarified their time in improving the Gladstone community.
Jon Kane took home the top going for his commitment to raising awareness about leukaemia and the importance of donating blood.
Acting CEO Craig Walker said the entire GPC family were proud of Jon’s achievements for the Bleed4Brent program.
“Jon has been relentless in his campaigning efforts for the Bleed for Brent Group, The Leukaemia Foundation and the Gladstone Blood Bank to help save lives after Brent his life to the disease,” Mr Walker said.
Jon’s commitment to the Bleed4Brent program has helped save 4908 lives in the past 12 months and put the group in Australia’s top 100 for blood donor groups – coming in at 67.
Gladstone’s Donor Centre Manager Kerry Myers said the Bleed4Brent program was inspiring with 1180 donations made during one of the hardest years for Lifeblood.
“Jon and his wife and everyone in the Bleed4Brent team come in wearing flannelette shirts when they give blood in memory of their friend Brent Holland so our team has even decided to wear the shirts too,” she said.
“It’s a wonderful cause we’re proud to support because blood and plasma is one of the most powerful gifts you can give someone.”
Ms Myers said now was a great time to donate as stocks of platelets for cancer patients were under pressure during the holiday season with less people giving blood over Christmas.
“It takes four blood donations to make just one dose of platelets and they only last for five days so donors are constantly needed across the holidays to ensure cancer patients have access to the vital product,” Ms Myers said.
Mr Walker said GPC was home to proud people with a long history of creating and facilitating prosperity for Queensland and the local community.
“We had seven nominees this year for our Volunteer of the Year award, which is incredibly humbling to know we have so many community champions at GPC who generously sacrifice their time for others,” Mr Walker said.
“It is humbling to know our GPC family is made up of so many inspiring individuals who make our community stronger.”
Some of the charities GPC employees volunteer at include Hopelink, Gladstone Wildlife Carers, Gladstone Cardio Rehab Centre, the Leukaemia Foundation and Men's Health counselling services, Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club, Ride4Lives Australia Inc.
GPC's Jon Kane and Jenny Holland