Blood battle hotting up

Able Seaman Joshua Tinning donates blood, watched by nursing assistant Naomi Gonsal. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d411135
Able Seaman Joshua Tinning donates blood, watched by nursing assistant Naomi Gonsal. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d411135

The 2013 Red Cross Blood Service Defence Organisation Challenge runs from September to November, and the Donormobile has been visiting Garden Island regularly to collect blood from navy and civilian personnel in their quest to outdo the other branches of the defence force.

Last year, 3295 donations were collected from across the defence forces.

With 3000 donations already made Australia-wide, there are only a few weeks left to meet this year’s challenge goal of 4000 donations.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said HMAS Stirling personnel were ‘bleeding by example’, and more local donors were needed to follow their lead.

‘In WA, the navy is leading the way, having already made more donations than the army, air force and defence civilians combined,’ she said.

‘During November, the Rockingham Blood Donor Centre still needs an extra 160 people to spend an hour of their time donating blood.

‘Cancer patients, pregnant mums, their unborn babies, trauma and burns victims, and people battling blood disorders are among the thousands of Australians who rely on lifesaving donations every week.’

To donate blood, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood. com.au