Moreton bleeds for the challenge

Published on LSML-SC Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Brisbane, QLD

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Defence Blood Challenge

Members of HMAS Moreton gather at the Brisbane City Blood Donation Centre., which holds significance for Defence as this building was the former Defence Force Recruiting building. (photo: LSML-SC Hayden Eyles)
Members of HMAS Moreton gather at the Brisbane City Blood Donation Centre., which holds significance for Defence as this building was the former Defence Force Recruiting building.

Officers and sailors at HMAS Moreton have answered the Chief of Navy’s call - joining the hundreds of Navy personnel donating blood for the Defence Blood Challenge.

This year, Moreton’s first batch of volunteers included three first time donors.

The willing-donors from the Navy’s Brisbane base were first rallied last year by retired Chief Petty Officer Coxswain Bernard Matson.

Chief Matson helped encourage personnel on the fence about giving blood, telling them “to give it a shot”.

Since the end of the 2018 Blood Challenge till the start of the 2019 challenge, Moreton’s uniformed and Australian Public Service members where responsible for giving around 150 donations of blood and plasma to the Brisbane CBD Blood Donation Centre.

“Given we are one of the smaller bases in Australia, we defiantly pull our weight,” Chaplin Briggs, Moreton’s Padre, said of the donation results.

“It’s always good seeing new faces overcoming their fears of donating blood in order to help out our fellow humans.

“The donation was a milestone for Lieutenant Rebecca Holmes, who celebrated her tenth donation.

“It was great being able to share this milestone with my Moreton family, and I look forward to reaching my next mile stone,” Chaplain Briggs said.

With the Blood Challenge well under way, more personnel have volunteered to join Moreton on its next monthly donation run.

With 16 donations from the base so far this challenge, Moreton is well on its way to surpass last year’s efforts and crack the 200 donation mark.