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Army September 13, 2012
Cpl Mark Doran
“IT’S like making a deposit in my
savings account,” is how WO2 Scott
Rutland, of Army HQ, describes donat-
An enthusiastic donor, WO2 Rutland
gives blood every three weeks.
He has so far made 120 donations and
has a goal of at least 200.
With the 2012 Defence Blood
Challenge now underway, WO2 Rutland
said it was a fantastic project because the
ADF was full of fit, healthy people who
were community minded.
“I originally started donating blood
when I turned 18 as it seemed to be a
good way to get out of work,” he said.
“I was then asked to donate plasma
because it is a diverse blood component
which can be used for a wide range of
“It’s no more effort on my part, its
helping more people, and I can donate
Plasma or platelet donors can donate
every two to three weeks as the process
involves returning red cells to donors
at the time of donation. Whole blood
donations can only be made every three
Some of the plasma collected is
processed by the blood service to treat
patients who have clotting problems,
often after trauma or liver transplanta-
Family circumstances also motivated
WO2 Rutland to donate more often.
His first child was delivered in an
emergency caesarian and his wife needed
WO2 Rutland said he saw the ben-
efits of his donating efforts again when
his third child was born premature and
required three major surgical procedures
in the first two weeks.
“He needed a fair amount of blood to
help save his life,” he said.
“More recently my father was suffer-
ing from bowel cancer, which required
three or four serious operations and he
was using a lot of blood.
“Unfortunately he still lost his life,
but if people had not donated blood, he
would not have had the opportunity for
“It motivates me to keep donating
because someone is going to need that
blood and one day it could be me.”
WO2 Rutland also donates platelets
every third or fourth donation.
Platelets assist in the blood clotting
process and are used primarily in the
treatment of people with various cancers.
WO2 Rutland said it was a longer
donation, which required donors to be
“It’s a bit harder to get, so if you are
healthy enough to give it and the Red
Cross asks you, step up and donate as
you will be helping people who desper-
ately need it,” he said.
“The Blood Service still takes the
plasma, but they get the platelets as well
which is definitely worth the effort.”
Visit www.donateblood.com.au/clubred to join
the challenge and donate.
Warrant officer has given blood 120 times
Pumping it out: Prolific blood donor WO2 Scott Rutland, of Army HQ, gives blood for the 120th time at the
Canberra Red Cross Blood Centre.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
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