Navy steps up to give blood

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Lieutenant Natasha Callan donates blood at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre at Town Hall, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)
(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Lieutenant Natasha Callan donates blood at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre at Town Hall, Sydney.

Editor's Note: Please note that this activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place. Defence is currently following whole-of-government guidance from the Department of Health in relation to COVID-19. For more information on Defence's response to COVID-19, visit https://news.defence.gov.au/national/defence-response-covid-19.

Navy’s commitment to the community has been highlighted yet again with a group of Royal Australian Navy personnel answering a new call for blood donors.

The Red Cross estimates that 14,000 donations are required between now and Easter.

Five members of Navy’s Information Warfare Branch stepped up to participate, giving both blood and plasma at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre at Town Hall in Sydney.

Several members of the group had never given blood before.

Lieutenant Commander Glenn Suffolk said when the idea for a group donation was first floated, no one hesitated.

“We can absolutely play our part in making sure help is at hand to those who need it,” Lieutenant Commander Suffolk said.

“We understand that many people are worried right now, that doesn’t mean we should forget those most in need. That’s not the way we operate.

“I challenge others across Navy and the ADF community to do the same!," Lieutenant Commander Suffolk said.