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March 17, 2011
By CAPT Glenn Tinsley
LAST year's Matthew Davey Award
winner, LCDR Anthony Holley, has
just completed the overseas study peri-
od associated with his award.
LCDR Holley conducted research
with the Dutch military to further his
understanding of the techniques involved
in the deep freezing and thawing of
blood products for use in operational
environments. The Dutch have success-
fully and safely deployed this capabil-
ity in a number of conflicts, including
Liquid red blood cells have a shelf
life of 42 days and platelets only five
days. Deep freezing dramatically
increases the storage times of blood
products -- 10 years for red blood cells
and two years for platelets -- and reduces
the dependency on blood donations from
personnel in the operational environ-
LCDR Holley said it was an exciting
project to be involved in and could trans-
late into lives saved.
"The technology may also lend itself
to use in the rural Australian sector
where blood product shortages are not
infrequently encountered," he said.
LCDR Holley is a naval reservist
Overseas study tour
The Matthew Davey Award is presented
annually and is open to all members of
the active naval reserve. The award is
given to the most deserving applicant to
carry out overseas studies which will fur-
ther Navy capability. The winner receives
a grant covering travel, accommodation
and other costs associated with the
study tour. Applications are called for in
November each year.
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Sydney strengthened
Navy's links with the wider com-
munity when she raised $5000 for
her adopted charity, The Infants'
Home, which is dedicated to giv-
ing young children an opportunity
to live happy and fulfilling lives.
Sydney hosted the launch of The
Infants' Home's "Priceless Gift of
Opportunity" campaign, which aims
to raise $6.5 million to build a state-
of-the-art Early Learning and Care
More than 80 VIPS, including
NSW Governor Professor Marie
Bashir, attended Sydney's cock-
tail party and Ceremonial Sunset at
Fleet Base East on February 24.
Sydney's CO CAPT Peter Leavy
said the RAN had a long-stand-
ing relationship with The Infants'
Home, which as a non-profit organi-
sation that relies heavily on good
will and sponsorship to provide
young children with the opportuni-
ties they need in life.
"Sydney is proud of our ongo-
ing support to The Infants' Home,"
"Every dollar raised will ensure
that this important and worthwhile
charity continues to meet the needs
of the 1300 children in its care, as
well as their families," he said.
CAPT Leavy presented The
Infants' Home with a cheque for
$5000 and pledged more financial
support throughout the year as the
ship's company continues with a
variety of fundraising activities.
The NSW Governor, who is an
honorary commodore in the RAN,
saluted Sydney and her crew for
supporting such an important char-
"It's an enormous privilege for
us to be here on Sydney, which
bears the tradition and illustrious
history of its forbears and coura-
geous personnel whom we remem-
ber with thoughts of gratitude and
respect," she said.
Sydney's crew worked tirelessly
to make the fundraiser a smash-
ing success for The Infants' Home,
which was founded in 1874 by a
group of women who established
a home for abandoned infants and
unmarried mothers with "illegiti-
Some of Sydney's crew who
made the evening a great success
included LS Matt Reedy and AB
Atelana Toga, who said they helped
serve more than 1000 drinks and 20
trays of high quality finger food.
LS Reedy said the function rep-
resented about a week of really hard
work by most of the crew, but eve-
ryone was more than happy to con-
tribute to such a worthwhile cause.
AB Toga said the efforts of the
crew were appreciated by the guests
who were full of praise for the
RAN's great hospitality.
The money raised by Sydney
will allow The Infants' Home to
extend its support to families.
The proposed Early Learning
and Care Centre will provide high-
quality integrated services including
child care and education, medical
and allied health programs, counsel-
ling and parenting education, child
and mental health, early interven-
tion and outreach and advocacy.
For further information visit www.
who practices as a senior staff intensiv-
ist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's
A full report of his study can be found on the
naval reserve website at www.navy.gov.
At a glance
POSITIVE EXPERIENCE: LCDR Anthony Holley farewells LTCOL John
Badloe, CO of The Netherlands Military Blood Bank, at the end of his over-
seas study tour where he conducted research into the deep freezing and
thawing of blood products.
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