The Defence Blood Challenge is well under way with Navy already making a strong bid for a record number of donations this year.
Veterans, families, friends, Navy civilians and contractors are being encouraged to join Navy’s Red25 team and make their donations count at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service before 8 December.
Warrant Officer - Navy Gary Wight has been a proud blood donor for more than 25 years, putting blood in the bank and paying it forward for his family.
“My family has been the beneficiary of a number of life-saving blood transfusions and other blood products,” he said.
“The early arrival of our daughter last year didn’t quite go to plan and while Australia has some of the best medical professionals in the world, we would not have had such a positive outcome without the products that come from blood donations.
“My father-in-law was also the recipient of vital blood transfusions that saved his life during very complicated and life-threatening operations.
“As a donor whose family has benefited from others, I am extremely grateful and proud of our officers and sailors who donate, not just during the Defence Blood Challenge, but all year round.”
Navy’s Blood Ambassador, Warrant Officer Combat Systems Manager Chris Boardman, said his family also received blood donations, and Navy was a great contributor.
“When donating blood, you don’t think your family will one day be the recipient of blood products provided by the Red Cross, but we’ve seen similar circumstances to the Warrant Officer - Navy and our family have benefited greatly,” Warrant Officer Boardman said.
“Every blood donation can save three lives. The entire Navy family can donate whole blood, plasma or platelets and depending on the type of donation, you can donate as often as every three weeks.
“If you are unable to donate for any reason, recruit a ‘blood buddy’ - a friend or family member who donates on your behalf. Their donation can count towards Navy’s tally if they register online.
“At sea or ashore, Navy is actively engaged in assisting the community, and protects Australia and its national interests. The Defence Blood Challenge is just one demonstration of this commitment.”
For more information on the Defence Blood Challenge, visit www.donateblood.com.au/defence.