Defence supports Red Cross in blood challenge
6 August 2013
Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, and Australian Red Cross Blood Service CEO Jennifer Williams have launched Australia’s largest blood donation event at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donation Centre in Canberra.
The 2013 Defence Blood Challenge, which brings together the Defence community and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, helps thousands of people.
Air Marshal Binskin said the Department of Defence had been a supporter of Australian Red Cross Blood Service for many years.
“We already make a significant contribution and it is pleasing to see our people extend the spirit of our service to support the Australian Red Cross Blood Service,” Air Marshal Binskin said.
“This is the fifth year of the Defence Blood Challenge and I encourage all Defence personnel and families to donate during the challenge.”
Blood Service Chief Executive Jennifer Williams praised the commitment of Defence personnel donating blood.
“Given their already outstanding contributions to this nation, it is amazing that thousands of Defence personnel still find the time to roll up their sleeves and give blood.
“Cancer patients, pregnant mums and their unborn babies, trauma and burns victims, and people battling blood disorders are among the thousands of Australians who rely on lifesaving donations every week,” Ms Williams said.
Between 1 September and 30 November, Navy, Army, Air Force and Defence civilians will compete to make the greatest number of donations.
Last year Defence recorded a total of 3295 donations and this year’s goal is to encourage 4000 people to donate during the three-month challenge.