Tassie sailors up for the challenge

Published on LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Topic(s): Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, Defence Blood Challenge

Billy the Blood Drop and Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander Stacey Porter, give the Club Red Corporate Challenge the thumbs up. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)
Billy the Blood Drop and Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander Stacey Porter, give the Club Red Corporate Challenge the thumbs up.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service last week launched the annual national Club Red Corporate Challenge in Hobart, and Navy was there to show its support.

The Blood Challenge is Australia’s biggest annual blood drive, in which major organisations compete to see who can save the most lives through blood donation.

The Blood Service’s Tasmanian Community Relations Officer, Mr Graham Innes, said that by participating in the Corporate Challenge blood donors will be helping patients in hospital, while contributing towards their organisation’s tally.

“Every blood donation has the power to save up to three lives,” Mr Innes said.

“Supporting blood donation is also a great way for an organisation to demonstrate its commitment to corporate social responsibility and organisational values.

“The team from Navy Headquarters Tasmania have been a great supporter of blood donation over the past couple of years, and it is wonderful to have them back again as participants in the national challenge.”

Individual donors need to register themselves in Club Red Online, so that all blood donations can be correctly attributed to Navy. To register, please go to http://www.donateblood.com.au/who-can-give/club-red/join-group.

The Australian Defence Force Blood Challenge is scheduled to kick off in September.