HMAS Moreton accepts the challenge

Published on LS Hayden Eyles (author), LS Regan Kid (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Moreton, Qld

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Defence Blood Challenge

Blood donors from south-east Queensland’s HMAS Moreton have helped Navy to a leading place in three of the four Defence Blood Challenge categories. (photo: LS Regan Kid)
Blood donors from south-east Queensland’s HMAS Moreton have helped Navy to a leading place in three of the four Defence Blood Challenge categories.

As a parting favour for retiring Chief Petty Officer Bernard Matson, personnel from HMAS Moreton rolled up their sleeves and donated enough blood to save 30 lives.

CPO Matson, a long time blood donor, helped inspire five personnel to give their first ever donation towards the Annual Defence Blood Challenge.

The Defence Blood Challenge runs from 1 September until 8 December. HMAS Moreton can boast that 50% of on-base naval staff have donated towards the Defence Blood Challenge for 2018. Commanding Officer, Commander Mark McConnell said “this is an awesome commitment made by our people and they should be proud of their contribution.”

Leading Seaman Brett Dale said “I felt a degree of pride receiving the text from Red Cross notifying me that my blood had gone towards saving three lives.”

LS Dale, who has donated several times before, was one of the long-time donors who donated plasma.

HMAS Moreton has now begun conducting frequent donations to help add to Navy’s significant contribution towards building the nation’s blood supply.

Figures from week four of the Defence Blood Challenge show that Navy is leading in three out of the four measured categories of the challenge.

For more information on the Defence Blood Challenge visit the Defence Blood Challenge 2018 page:
https://www.donateblood.com.au/red25/defence