HMAS Waterhen rolls up sleeves for Blood Service

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LS Brook Oram (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Owen Kelly, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Brooke Oram, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Edgar Dunsby, Brendan Holland and Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Nimai Walsh after donating blood and plasma. (photo: LS Brooke Oram)
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Owen Kelly, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Brooke Oram, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Edgar Dunsby, Brendan Holland and Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Nimai Walsh after donating blood and plasma.

Royal Australian Navy personnel at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney have rolled up their sleeves and donated blood, assisting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Ship's Warrant Officer Tim Badger said the day was a warm-up to the main event later this year - the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge.

"HMAS Waterhen is preparing members to dig deep for a very worthy cause," Warrant Officer Badger said.

"Every blood donation has the power to save up to three lives."

The 2016 Defence Blood Challenge pits Navy against the Army, Air Force and Defence civilians to see who can make the greatest number of blood donations between September and December.

This year will be the eighth challenge of its kind and is the Red Cross Blood Service's largest group challenge and targets all Defence members, employees and families.

The Blood Service's North Sydney Community Relations Officer, Mr Ronny Maroun, said corporate challenges were key to keeping blood stocks high.

"By participating, blood donors will help patients in hospital, while contributing towards their organisation's tally," he said.

HMAS Waterhen has already booked time slots to donate more blood for the remainder of the year.

For details on how to book time to donate blood in your area, visit www.donateblood.com.au/defence.