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September 29, 2011
By LAC Bill Solomou
THE Australian Defence
Organisation (ADO) has won a major
Red Cross blood challenge for the
third year in a row.
Competing in the Public Sector
Category against organisations such
as the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship and the Department of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,
the ADO was awarded the 'Highest
Number of Donations', with 957.
Since the ADO began participat-
ing in the ACT Club Red / Sunday
Canberra Times Corporate and
Community Blood Challenge in 2008,
more than 3000 donations have been
made, saving over 10,000 lives.
This is the 9th year of the chal-
lenge, which runs over the financial
year. In 2010/11 a total of 9205 dona-
tions were made, saving more than
Two-hundred and seventy organi-
sations registered in this year's chal-
lenge, which comprised 12 categories.
Awards went to the top three category
Some of the categories included
Public, Private, Community, Higher
Education, Embassy and Legal.
Representing the ADO, Joint
Health Command's CDRE Robyn
Walker accepted the first-place trophy
from three-year-old Matthew Medved.
Matthew is one example of many chil-
dren who have benefitted from the
challenge. He receives Intragam, a
"It's a pleasure to represent the
ADO in accepting the award," CDRE
"Blood donations help thousands
of people in the treatment of cancer,
stomach and bowel diseases, as well as
people hurt in accidents and mothers
who experience complications in preg-
nancies and childbirth."
A WORTHY CAUSE: Three-year-old Matthew Medved presents CDRE Robyn Walker, representing the ADO,
with the first-place trophy in the ACT Club Red / Sunday Canberra Times Corporate and Community Blood
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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