Topic: Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Defence Bleeds for Australia

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with other members of the Australian Defence Force at the launch of the Red 25 Blood Bank Defence Force Challenge. (photo: CPL Vasilis Bill Solomou)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with other members of the Australian Defence Force at the launch of the Red 25 Blood Bank Defence Force Challenge.

The 2017 Defence Blood Challenge is now underway, with a three-month competition pitting the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defence Public Servants against each other in an effort to strengthen Australia’s blood supplies and support the Australian community. 

Promoting pumping plasma

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Robert Bateman (photo: UNKNOWn)

Robert Bateman

A desire to help others and a history of donating blood products made Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Chef Rob Bateman a stand-out choice for Navy’s Defence Blood Challenge Ambassador in 2017.

Stirling blood blitz

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Australian Red Cross Blood Service Community Relations Officer, Mrs Gina Tracey with Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Support Operations (ML-S) Toni Ralph at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Rockingham Donor Centre. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Australian Red Cross Blood Service Community Relations Officer, Mrs Gina Tracey with Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Support Operations (ML-S) Toni Ralph at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Rockingham Donor Centre.

HMAS Stirling donors were rewarded with the ‘best biscuits in town’ for a bloody good job after rolling up their sleeves to spike Navy’s tallies during the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge.

Navy increases lifesaving blood donations

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Department of Defence ambassadors to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge donated plasma to Australian Red Cross in Canberra on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 to support National Blood Donor Week. (L-R) Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, APS civilian Mr Adam Friederich and Warrant Officer Chris Boardman. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Department of Defence ambassadors to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge donated plasma to Australian Red Cross in Canberra on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 to support National Blood Donor Week. (L-R) Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, APS civilian Mr Adam Friederich and Warrant Officer Chris Boardman.

The results of the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge are in, with Navy picking up the honours for highest year-on-year growth, increasing blood donations by a massive 38 per cent.

Bleeding by example

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Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman supports Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON) Warrant Officer Gary Wight while he donates blood on the Blood Bus during the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge, at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: Lauren Larking)

Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman supports Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON) Warrant Officer Gary Wight while he donates blood on the Blood Bus during the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge, at Russell Offices, Canberra.

The Defence Blood Challenge is well under way with Navy already making a strong bid for a record number of donations this year.

Waterhen – a team of bloody heroes

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Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Craig Walton with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's mascot, Billy the Blood Drop to promote the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Craig Walton with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's mascot, Billy the Blood Drop to promote the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.

Seventeen members of the ship’s company of Sydney base, HMAS Waterhen, volunteered to become brand new blood donors after a visit by ‘Billy the blood drop’ to promote the Defence Blood Challenge.

Blood flows in Red Cross challenge

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Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Sarah Vanderpluym during a whole blood donation for Navy as a part of the Defence Blood Challenge 2016 at the Rockingham Collection Centre. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Sarah Vanderpluym during a whole blood donation for Navy as a part of the Defence Blood Challenge 2016 at the Rockingham Collection Centre.

Officers and sailors from Western Australia's HMAS Stirling rolled up their sleeves recently to take part in the Defence Blood Challenge.

Navy blood-letting a life saver

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Australian Army Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, Royal Australian Air Force Blood Ambassador Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman and Defence Civilian Blood Ambassador Mr Adam Friederich at the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge launch, held at Red Cross Canberra Donor Centre on the 22 August, 2016. (photo: Lauren Larking)

Australian Army Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, Royal Australian Air Force Blood Ambassador Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman and Defence Civilian Blood Ambassador Mr Adam Friederich at the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge launch, held at Red Cross Canberra Donor Centre on the 22 August, 2016.

The gloves are off and sleeves are rolled up within Defence with the launch of the annual Defence Blood Challenge in support of the Red Cross Blood Service.

Blood challenge in home stretch

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Commander Chloe Wootten donates blood plasma at the Canberra Donor Centre. This was Commander Wootten 100th blood donation to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Commander Chloe Wootten donates blood plasma at the Canberra Donor Centre. This was Commander Wootten 100th blood donation to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

With the potential of saving up to 300 lives, Royal Australian Navy Commander, Chloe Wootten, has reached an amazing milestone of donating blood 100 times for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Navy gets pumped for ADF Blood Challenge

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Midshipman Kieran Davis donating plasma at the Woden Red Cross Donation Centre, Canberra. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Midshipman Kieran Davis donating plasma at the Woden Red Cross Donation Centre, Canberra.

This year marks the sixth year of the Australian Defence Force Blood Challenge and the Royal Australian Navy is getting ready to influence, inspire and support its people for a lifesaving cause.