Stirling donates the gift of life

Published on LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bonnie Street donates blood in the Red Cross mobile donations unit alongside other sailors at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)
Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bonnie Street donates blood in the Red Cross mobile donations unit alongside other sailors at HMAS Stirling.

Close to 100 defence personnel rolled up their sleeves and donated the gift of life, when the Australian Red Cross Blood Donation Service visited HMAS Stirling recently.

Red Cross Blood Donation employee and Team Leader, Estelle Walker said “Having 97 donors booked in over two days has been fantastic and even better, everyone has arrived well hydrated and on time for their appointment.”

First time donor, Seaman Communication Information Systems Bonnie Street said she chose to donate as she saw it as a worthwhile cause.

“It's a charitable thing to do. I'll definitely be back again,” said SMN Street.

For Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Adam Kong, it was a first hand experience which led him to donate his time and blood.

“I have a relative who received a blood transfusion, so it hits close to home the importance of giving blood. It’s good to be able to give something back to the community,” said AB Kong.

The Blood Mobile visits HMAS Stirling regularly, keeping the importance of donating in the forefront of everyone's thoughts. Currently only 1 in 30 Australians donates their blood, but 1 in 3 Australians will need blood at some point in their life.