2019 Defence Blood Challenge
Air Force members are rolling up their sleeves for the 2019 Defence Blood Challenge to make a life-saving impact in our communities. Between 1 September and 8 December, Air Force, Navy, Army and Australian Public Service (APS) members will give blood or plasma to help Defence reach its 2019 target of 9,000 donations.
Last year, Air Force members generously donated 2,115 times, saving more than 6,000 lives. The demand for blood and plasma continues to grow, so there’s always more we can do to help.
Saving lives by giving blood
Defence is a member of Red25, a nationwide network of organisations with a shared mission to save lives by providing 25 per cent of Australia’s blood donations.
Donated blood helps cancer patients, people with blood disorders, mothers-to-be and newborn babies, as well as trauma and surgical patients. One in three Australians will need blood, but only one in 30 donates.
One whole blood donation can save up to three lives.
A plasma donation can be used to create 18 different life-saving treatments, helping people with serious burns, cancer or brain disease.
Air Force members (including APS staff) and their families are all welcome to get involved. For more information, visit the Red25 Defence Blood Challenge website.
Corporal Robb’s story
Headquarters Joint Operation Command, Combat Operations Division Tactical Systems Supervisor Corporal (CPL) Tony Robb has encouraged all Defence members to roll up their sleeves and donate as part of the 2019 Defence Blood Challenge.
Now in its eleventh year, the Challenge encourages ADF and APS members to draw on their competitive spirits and boost Australia’s blood stocks in a bid to save lives.
Challenge titles up for grabs include most donations, highest percentage of donors versus service size, highest number of new donors, highest percentage of plasma donations, and biggest year-on-year growth.
Blood donations help people with cancer, childbirth complications and many other serious medical conditions.
CPL Robb said his commitment to saving lives by donating whole blood, plasma and platelets began in 2007.
“I was posted unaccompanied, away from my family and four teenage children. I had plenty of time on my hands, and because of separation from family was very aware that blood donations helped lots of people,” CPL Robb said.
“Looking back, my feeling after my first donation was mostly relief, but also some surprise at just how easy it was.”