Navy people urged to get onboard for a final assault

Published on LEUT Sarah West (author), Mr David McClenaghan (photographer)

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

RADM Michael van Balen and Defence Force Blood Ambassador Petty Officer Cartrena Skinner pose with Billy the Blood Drop at the official launch of Australia's largest blood donation event at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donation Centre in Canberra. (photo: David McClenaghan)
RADM Michael van Balen and Defence Force Blood Ambassador Petty Officer Cartrena Skinner pose with Billy the Blood Drop at the official launch of Australia's largest blood donation event at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donation Centre in Canberra.

Navy’s Blood Ambassador for 2013 is urging every officer and sailor in the service to roll up their sleeves for one final assault on the Defence Blood Challenge tally board.

With less than two weeks remaining of the Defence Blood Challenge, Navy (663 donations) trails Army (1,232 donations) and Air Force (928 donations), but leads Defence Civilians (531 donations).

Navy Blood Ambassador, Petty Officer Cartrena Skinner is urging her fellow service men and women to give blood right up to the final whistle.

“Last year’s effort by Navy resulted in 553 donations – so we have already improved on that number significantly. We should now aim to get at least another 90 donations to take us up to 800 and secure third place in the challenge for the first time,” PO Skinner said.

PO Skinner has led by example, giving five donations since the challenge kicked off in September.

“Now I implore you to roll up your sleeves and encourage your colleagues, friends and family members to do the same. Together we will post a respectable donation total for Navy and save countless lives,” PO Skinner said.

Personnel wishing to contribute to Navy’s blood donation tally must register with Club Red before donating. This is a once only process, which should be completed before your first donation at http://www.donateblood.com.au/who-can-give/club-red/join-group or completing the paperwork at the time of donating.

“There will be a mobile blood unit at Garden Island (Fleet Base East) on 29 November to give all the Sydney based members of the Navy team one last opportunity to donate life saving blood,” PO Skinner said.

“Every single donation will count, in more ways than one. So get in there and roll up your sleeves!” she said.