The 2019 Defence Blood Challenge has officially been launched at the Civic Plasma Donor Centre in Canberra.
During the launch, the Royal Australian Navy also received two awards for its contribution to the Defence Blood Challenge in 2018.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, accepted the awards for the highest number of new donors (236) and highest year-on-year growth for donations (31.1%).
Vice Admiral Noonan believes the awards are a good indication of Navy heading in the right direction for the start of the 2019 Defence Blood Challenge.
“The figures show that more Navy personnel are donating than ever before and I’d like to keep this trend going.
“The Defence Blood Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for Navy people to help support Australia through another means - by securing Australia’s blood supply.
“If you can find the time to donate, then do so. It doesn’t take long and nothing is more important than helping to save someone’s life,” the Chief of Navy said.
Representatives from all three services attended the launch yesterday, opening the challenge which allows for friendly competition between the Navy, Army, Air Force and Defence Public Servants.
The Defence Blood Challenge is part of the Red25 program, which encourages people to sign up to be regular donors and ensure that 25% of Australia’s blood donations are secured.
The program runs between 1 September and 8 December and each donation can save up to three lives.
The challenge, which is now in its 11th year, has seen Defence Force personnel contribute 110,332 donations – equating to up to 330,966 lives being saved.
Navy members are encouraged to join the Navy Red25 team and invite their family and friends. For Defence members, details on how to join and book time to donate blood or plasma in your area are available at https://www.donateblood.com.au/red25/defence.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192147.