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Defence bleeds to save lives

Photo: person giving blood

Defence APS employees are going head-to-head, or more accurately, vein-to-vein, with their Navy, Army and Air Force counterparts for the 2017 Defence Blood Challenge.

Running for the ninth consecutive year, the push for blood and plasma donations has resulted in tens of thousands of lives being saved. In the process, there has been some friendly competition sparked between the APS, Army, Navy and Air Force personnel in Defence.

The overall target for this year is 7,000 donations of blood, plasma or platelets, and of the 5,841 donations received as of 22 November, Army is leading the charge with just over 2,000 donations since the Challenge started three months ago. Defence public servants are also rolling up their sleeves for the cause and their collective donation tally of 673 has helped save more than 2,000 lives.

The 2017 Defence Blood Challenge is taking place until 8 December 2017.

Photo: Oliver Oakman, APS Defence Ambassador of the 2017 Defence Blood Challenge.

Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018