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SBLT Bianca Wise
THE Australian Red Cross was flood-
ed with donations on September 25
when the ship's company of HMAS
Huon rolled up their sleeves in Sydney
to support the 2013 Defence Blood
Jemma Falkenmire, of the Australian
Red Cross Blood Service, said dona-
tions were always appreciated.
"The Navy is playing an important
role in ensuring that Australians who
need blood have access to a safe and
ongoing supply," she said.
"The donations made today will
be helping patients in as little as 48
XO Huon LEUT Tom Mobbs
donated much-needed plasma, while
LS Steven Harvey was just one of the
many crew members to give a whole
"Even though we constantly high-
light the importance of giving blood, it
is for a special personal reason that we
have donated today," LEUT Mobbs said.
"The operations officer in our ship,
LEUT Jonathon Little, almost lost his
wife when she went into premature
labour; in the end it was a blood trans-
fusion that saved her life."
Pregnant mothers and their
unborn babies are among thousands
of Australians who rely on lifesaving
donations every week.
LEUT Mobbs said he was aware
of the need to assist women during
pregnancy as he and his wife Mia were
expecting their first child in January.
Ms Falkenmire also explained how
plasma, known within the Red Cross
as 'liquid gold', could be used for a
variety of patients.
"As well as supplying lifesaving
injections for mothers, plasma is used
to make 17 different products that help
patients with trauma, burns, cancer,
blood diseases and a range of other
2013 Navy Blood Ambassador
PO Cartrena Skinner was among the
donors alongside the crew of Huon.
As a mother of three she said she
understood the need for blood dona-
tions and was encouraging the commu-
nity to get behind the drive.
"It's a great time for family, friends
and the community to show their sup-
port for the hard-working sailors and
officers who make up our Navy," PO
Huon has just returned from a
four-month deployment on Operation
"Giving blood and helping those
in need means a lot to the Huon crew
but with only seven weeks at home
this year and the rest at sea, it makes
it very hard for us to donate," LEUT
With so many ships at sea the
Navy needs all the help it can get to
increase its donation tally and beat
the Army and Air Force in this year's
Members of the public who are
donating blood or blood products can
log onto the Red Cross website and
count their donation towards Navy's
tally by clicking 'donate as a group'
and type the word 'Navy' into the
LSIS Helen Frank
BEING the brother-in-law of Navy's
Blood Challenge ambassador meant
there was no getting out of donating
for POET Allan Jones.
PO Jones was an operational
relief on HMAS Tarakan during the
International Fleet Review and after
being contacted by his sister-in-law,
PO Cartrena Skinner, he arranged for
a number of the crew to donate blood
while in Sydney on October 8.
"Cartrena told me I had to tell eve-
ryone I knew in the Navy to donate
blood for the ADF Blood Challenge,"
PO Jones said.
"I'm on Tarakan for the IFR so I
got the crew to donate."
Tarakan currently has 22 crew and
11 were willing roll up their sleeves,
although five members found they
couldn't donate as they had served in
malarial areas of Papua New Guinea
during Operation Cathedral in 2012.
LSMT Brendan Elms was a first-
"It was good to finally donate," he
said. "I've been planning to do it for
a while but never found the opportu-
CO Tarakan LEUT Robert Lewis
also went along to donate but was one
of the five that had been to PNG.
"It was disappointing not to be
able to donate today," he said.
"Initially we had half of the crew
donating and I'm very proud of the
guys on board for volunteering.
"Now they have donated once, a
lot of the crew have indicated they
will do it again."
Huon makes the
time to donate
The Defence Blood
from September 1
to November 30.
Giving a priority
for Tarakan crew
ALL GOOD: Red Cross nurse Sally Rosen with crew members of
HMAS Tarakan who took the opportunity to donate blood in Sydney
during the International Fleet Review.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
The Defence Blood Challenge
has hit the halfway mark. Dona-
tions have reached 50 per cent of
this year's target of 4000, which
means the challenge is well on
the way to beating last year's
results. Navy is in third place
with 380 donations, which have
the potential to save more than
1100 lives. To make your donation
count, register for the challenge
online at www.donateblood.com.
TEAM EFFORT: SBLT Tanisha Tyler-Greaves
chats with shipmates while giving blood at
the Australian Red Cross in Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
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