Army answers blood bank’s call to arms
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.”
For more information on Red25, head online to www.donateblood.com.au.
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