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Pearce air base personnel FLTLT Michael Dunleavy, OFFCDT Charlie Groves, SQNLDR Stuart Lane and CPL Geordie Wright take part in the annual Defence Blood Challenge. Picture: Tiffany Gourlay

Air base in Red Cross blood challenge

PEARCE air base personnel recently rolled up their sleeves to take part in the 2016 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Defence Blood Challenge.

The annual event challenges navy, army, air force and defence civilians to see which group can achieve the greatest number of blood donations and save the most lives.

Temporary Commanding Officer Squadron Leader Stuart Lane said he encouraged all personnel to get involved.

“The Defence Blood Challenge is an excellent opportunity for us to make a real difference as the base’s military, public service and contractor personnel all unite in this worthy cause,” he said.

“I have been overwhelmed by the response from our relatively small base population giving blood and plasma in support of RED25 Air Force (RAAF) Group.

“The base has now organised weekly runs for our volunteers to donate, and these will continue for at least the duration of the challenge.”

Department of Defence public affairs WA assistant regional manager Peta Magorian said in recognition of Pearce’s commitment to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge, base personnel were treated to a barbecue lunch and an opportunity to speak with Australian Red Cross representatives.

Broadspectrum food and beverage coordinator Robert Morley donated the sausages and rolls for the event to ensure those who donated were well fed.

Billy the Blood Drop entertained the troops as personnel signed up to the RED25 program.

The RED25 program allows organisations the opportunity to unite and donate under a corporate banner to provide 25 percent of the country’s blood donations.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Tiffany Gourlay said the importance of having a regular and reliable blood supply in the hospital system could not be underestimated.

“It’s a life-saving social responsibility program that everyone can be proud to be part of,’’ she said.

“With every donation received, three lives are saved.’’

Mrs Magorian said this year Pearce personnel were determined to achieve great results and looked forward to the friendly competition between the services during the coming weeks.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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