Saving lives in the blood of HMAS Stirling personnel


Warrant officer Artie Lavender and chief petty officer Toni Ralph with the award acknowledging the navy’s contribution to donating blood.
Saving lives in the blood of HMAS Stirling personnel
Warrant officer Artie Lavender and chief petty officer Toni Ralph with the award acknowledging the navy’s contribution to donating blood.

NAVY personnel from HMAS Stirling have helped to save 2688 lives by donating blood 896 times in 2016.

Part of the total was raised during a three-month inter-service challenge when sailors and officers rolled up their sleeves 311 times.

Altogether 536 donations were made with the navy’s total almost three times the amount as their closest army rivals with 122 donations, followed by air force with 61.

Defence civilians donated 42 times to take out fourth place.

The navy and several other Perth-based organisations were recognised for their life-saving efforts at a special awards ceremony at Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park.

WA Red Cross community relations officer David Favory said WA navy personnel had saved more lives in 2016 than ever before.

“Navy blood donors helped save the lives of almost 2700 Australians last year simply by rolling up their sleeves,” he said.

Chief petty officer Toni Ralph said donating blood was just another way for navy personnel to help the local community.

“Donating blood gives us a chance to assist indirectly in an emergency or to help someone with an illness,” she said.

“Many of the personnel at HMAS Stirling are regular donors and roll up their sleeves in Rockingham as often as possible.

“Hopefully this encourages others in the Rockingham community to roll up their sleeves and give blood to help save lives.”

Any business or group can donate as part of Red 25.

Donations are tracked online, allowing groups to see how many lives they have saved.

For details on Red 25, visit donateblood.com.au/red25 or call 13 14 95.