It’s time to give something back (Army)
4 September 2013
After 250 blood donations, Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Graeme Reynolds is definitely qualified for his new appointment as the Army’s Blood Challenge ambassador for 2013.
When he first started donating the ADFA Bandmaster was lured by sandwiches and beer but he soon saw the full value of blood donations.
“I first gave blood in 1985 when I was working as a public servant in Adelaide,” he said.
“Once I started to make regular donations I realised the true value of giving something back to the community.”
WO2 Reynolds has boosted his donation count by regularly donating plasma.
“I try to donate every two weeks unless I am overseas or away on course,” he said.
Plasma is the most versatile component of your blood and can make up to 17 different life-saving products.
Donations involve a concentrated collection of plasma only through a process called apheresis and donations can be made every two weeks as your red cells are returned to you when you donate.
WO2 Reynolds said he was honoured to be chosen as this year’s ambassador.
“I hope I can contribute to getting the Army over the line and beating the other services again this year,” he said.
“I would like to raise the awareness of donating and of the lives that can be saved.
“In addition to those who have never donated, I hope that former donors will once again roll up their sleeves and do their part for Army.”
He said that just by sheer numbers the Defence community has a great opportunity to save many lives through blood donation.
“I’ve always felt that the gift of life is not dissimilar to looking after your mates, something Defence personnel can relate to well,” WO2 Reynolds said.
While you can’t get a beer for donating these days, WO2 Reynolds said, the Red Cross will still give you a little something for your time.
“Donors are encouraged to drink and eat something before they leave the donor centre. Some centres provide food like sausage rolls, sandwiches or little treats like muesli and chocolate bars,” he said.
The Defence Blood Challenge runs from 1 September to 30 November. To register your donation for Army visit www.donateblood.com.au/defence