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September 16, 2010
THE ADF has begun an eight-week
life saving battle to help boost
critically low blood stocks at the
Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
ABCD Paul de Gelder -- who
knows first-hand the importance of
blood donations after he lost a leg
and hand in a shark attack last year
-- helped launch the Blood Service
Defence Force Challenge, where
Navy, Army, Air Force and APS per-
sonnel will go head to head, compet-
ing to donate the most blood.
ABCD de Gelder said without
people giving up their time to donate
blood, he wouldn't be here today.
"Blood was there for me when I
needed it; one in three of us will need
blood in our lifetime, but currently
only one in 30 Australians donate,"
"It's great the ADF is getting
behind the Blood Service to ensure
there's enough blood for patients in
need -- more people need to roll up
Blood Service NSW Manager
Garry Wolfe said after a tough winter
the Blood Service was still battling
with low blood stocks.
"Many of our regular donors
couldn't donate due to colds and flu,
so we were hit hard," he said.
"The Blood Service needs almost
27,000 donations every week to keep
up with demand. The ADF will help
boost donor numbers but we really
need the general public to roll up their
sleeves to get back to where we need
Now in its second year, the Blood
Service Defence Force Challenge is an
opportunity for thousands of Defence
staff across Australia to help save lives
in a different way.
Commander Joint Health,
MAJGEN Paul Alexander, said all
men and women in uniform were
aware that life in the ADF meant need-
ing a blood donation is a real prospect.
"The Blood Service supplies
almost 400 units of blood to the ADF
annually, which is sent to locations
like Solomon Islands and East Timor,"
MAJGEN Alexander said.
Last year, the RAAF took out the
winner's trophy, 91 donations ahead of
Please call 13 14 95 or visit www.
donateblood.com.au for more informa-
Joining forces in a bloody battle
GIVING LIFE: AB Elisabeth Hudson joins ADF personnel at the Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank at Russell
Offices, Canberra. L-R: Commander Joint Health, MAJGEN Paul Alexander, AB Tiffany Hill, SIG Sean
Bourchier and LACW Melissa McRae.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
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