Flt Lt Christine Smyth, Tassie Smith, Leigh Molloy, Pamela Wittmann, Amanda Gloury, Sq Ldr Kelly Taggart Wilson and Flt Sgt Nicola O’Brien join Billy the Blood Drop.
Flt Lt Christine Smyth, Tassie Smith, Leigh Molloy, Pamela Wittmann, Amanda Gloury, Sq Ldr Kelly Taggart Wilson and Flt Sgt Nicola O’Brien join Billy the Blood Drop. CPL Shannon Mccarthy

Amberley crews roll up sleeves for blood challenge

THE RAAF Base Amberley Officers' Mess hosted a combined officers/sergeant morning tea recently to promote the annual Defence Blood Challenge.

The Red Cross donor van visits RAAF Base Amberley every three months and personnel can also be seen giving blood at the Ipswich Donor Centre.

Red Cross officers addressed the morning tea with vital information on the need for donations and the latest Defence statistics for this year's challenge.

Health Operational Conversion Unit member Flt Sgt Nicola O'Brien said she was impressed with the large turn-out for the morning tea.

"I hope it will generate more conversations around blood donation and increase donations for both the donor van and the Ipswich Donor Centre," she said.

Flight Officer Dianne Casey said the morning tea was a good reminder.

"I have not donated blood for a while, but after attending the event I'm keen to roll up my sleeves and donate again," she said.

The Defence Blood Challenge runs until December 8.

Last year Defence gave more than 5400 blood donations.



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