Army an­swers blood bank’s call to arms

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

COFFS Har­bour’s Army Re­serve per­son­nel have rolled up sleeves and laid down arms this week as part of a na­tional move­ment unit­ing groups to save lives through blood do­na­tion.

Red25 is a group blood do­na­tion pro­gram with a vi­sion to sup­ply 25% of Aus­tralia’s blood do­na­tions.

Last year, more than 2000 do­na­tions were made by Coffs Har­bour Red25 groups.

Red Cross Blood Ser­vice spokesman Felix Palmer wel­comed the blood do­na­tions from Char­lie Com­pany.

“Given their al­ready out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tion, it is won­der­ful to see our de­fence per­son­nel find the time to do­nate blood,” Mr Palmer said.

“Ev­ery do­na­tion helps to save three lives, in­clud­ing the lives of cancer pa­tients, un­born ba­bies, trauma vic­tims and even de­fence troops serv­ing over­seas.”

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Ma­jor Stu­art Ralph of the 41st Bat­tal­ion, Royal New South Wales Reg­i­ment, said Char­lie Com­pany’s sol­diers spent their days liv­ing and work­ing in the Coffs Coast com­mu­nity.

“An op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute in a pos­i­tive way to the com­mu­nity is of great im­por­tance to our sol­diers,” Ma­jor Ralph said.

“Know­ing that giv­ing blood will save lives fits with the army’s core val­ues of courage, ini­tia­tive, team­work and re­spect.”

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ABOVE AND BE­YOND: Ma­jor Stu­art Ralph, Pri­vate Daniel Bloom, Sergeant Richard Al­li­son and Pri­vate Cheyne Brown from Char­lie Com­pany 41 RNSWR watch as nurse Leah Gir­van takes a blood do­na­tion from Lance Cor­po­ral Adrian Zecchi­nati. PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

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