“It’s a very simple gesture that can make a big difference. No matter how often you give, every donation counts at a time when someone is in need.”
Regular blood and plasma donor Warrant Officer (WOFF) Scott Biddell has kept up the pace during this year’s Defence Blood Challenge, and recently made his 100th donation at the Nepean Donor Centre in New South Wales.
WOFF Biddell, who is based at RAAF Base Richmond, has been donating since his early twenties and now gives plasma every fortnight.
“When I first started it seemed like a good thing to do, a way of giving back to those in need,” he said. “I appreciated how fortunate I was to not have any health issues, and how I was able to help those who do.”
Donating blood and plasma became more personal after his brother was hospitalised with severe injuries.
“My youngest brother had a serious car accident, and afterwards he required 12 bags of blood and 12 bags of plasma during a 13-hour operation,” he said. “The plasma alone was six months’ worth of one person’s donations.”
“I learned more about the benefits of donating, plasma particularly, and how it helps people with health disorders, and those who require blood and plasma products for other medical procedures.
“The simple act of donating can do so much to help save and improve the quality of people’s lives.”
WOFF Biddell is encouraging Air Force members to donate during this year’s Defence Blood Challenge.
“It’s a very simple gesture that can make a big difference,” he said. “No matter how often you give, every donation counts at a time when someone is in need.”