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Defence Organisation launches blood drive

  • The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) has launched its annual blood drive

  • The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) has launched its annual blood drive
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The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) has today launched its annual blood drive which is tipped to generate in excess of 2000 donations.

The ADO Challenge will run from 1 September until 30 November and will see the Army, Navy, Airforce and Defence civilians face off to see which service is the most generous.

Over 6000 lives were saved in the 2011 Defence Organisation Blood Challenge with 2156 donations in just 14 weeks.

The Army took out the winner’s trophy with an impressive 767 donations.

Blood Service chief executive Jennifer Williams thanked Defence personnel for their ongoing generosity and support.

“One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, but only one in 30 currently donates,” Ms Williams said.

“With demand expected to double for blood and blood products, the Australian Defence Organisation is playing an important role in ensuring that Australians who need blood have access to a safe and ongoing supply.”

Ms Williams said Australian blood donors also played an important role in supporting Aussie troops.

“The Blood Service supplies donated blood and blood products to the ADO for its overseas operations,” she said.

“And our research team is collaborating with the ADO to find out how we can safely freeze other blood products for transportation to operational areas.”

To register your donations for your group visit donateblood.com.au/clubred

People can join ADO personnel in saving lives by becoming a blood donor today. To book an appointment call 13 14 95.

For images or further information please contact:  Shaun Inguanzo, Australian Red Cross Blood Service M: 0458 005 774