Topic: Charities, Fundraising & Community
As a regular blood donor since 2007, Warrant Officer Darren Jago was asked by Red Cross Lifeblood to consider donating convalescent plasma.
HMAS Kuttabul Physical Training Instructors have agreed to undergo some short term pain for longer term gain in a burpee challenge to aid the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation.
With Australia currently needing 29,000 blood donations each week, ship’s company of HMAS Cerberus have rallied together to book out an entire daily schedule at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Frankston Donor Centre in Victoria.
When the women of HMAS Albatross Command Team visited the Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra earlier this year, they left with a determination to build on that activity and to continue to offer support.
For 78 years, Legacy has had the backs of the families of Navy veterans who have given their lives or health, providing life-altering services in the form of counselling, special housing, educational, social, medical and advocacy support.
Hundreds of Navy people can attest to the gratitude they felt to be sent a handcrafted, volunteer-made quilt while deployed on operations. Now after eight years supporting Navy people, Mrs Jan-Maree Ball, leader of Aussie Hero Quilts, has been presented with a quilt of her own.
Winter is an especially busy time for many Shoalhaven support services, which means the HMAS Albatross Community Engagement Team has also been busy providing assistance however and whenever they can.
Following the experience of a lively monthly ‘Soundwaves’ concert at HMAS Cerberus last year, Mr Patrick Morel was most impressed, and soon after requested a concert at the Cumberland View Retirement Village for himself and his fellow residents.
While usually rewarding for members, deployments and other absences can be a stressful and challenging time for some families. Defence Community Organisation has developed a new webinar series for members and their families called ‘Deployment: embracing the challenge’.
Every day across Australia someone, somewhere, needs the vital gift of blood. During National Blood Donor Week (14-20 June), Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is celebrating everyone who has helped to make the gift of blood possible in Australia.