Soldiers roll up their sleeves to answer call for blood
THE target of 4000 blood donations across Australia is entirely achievable, Private Andrew Trudgian says.
The Army soldier says while injuries on the battle fields and the urgent requirement for blood tranfusions is always in the back of his mind, it's not the main reason he rolls up his sleeve as often as he can.
"It's just the normal people on the street who need it," Pte Trudgian said.
"I come from a medical background.
"This means I realise how important donating is."
Pte Trudgian is one of many Toowoomba Defence Force personnel who have answered the call to donate blood as part of the 2013 Defence Organisation Challenge.
Have you given blood in the past 12 months?
This poll ended on 12 October 2013.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Toowoomba Blood Service spokeswoman Amy McDowell said the service men and women were bleeding by example.
"Given their already outstanding constributions to this nation, it is amazing that thousands of Defence personnel and civilians still find the time to roll up their sleeves and save lives," she said.
Toowoomba needs more than 400 donations each week to meet demand and a staggering 27,000 blood donations are needed across Australia.
The Defence challenge hopes to improve on last year's donation number of 3295 and reach the total of 4000 by November 30.
How to give blood
- Mobile Blood Donation Unit at Oakey Hospital on Tuesday, September 24
- 25 appointments still available
- Call 131495 to make an appointment
- Visit www.donateblood.com.au and search Toowoomba for more