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AFTER first giving blood more than five years
ago, Army’s Defence Blood Ambassador Capt
Jessica Fortune recently passed 50 donations.
“I originally got inspired to donate blood by
my mum, who has donated many times since she
received a donation herself 30 years ago,” she said.
“I had to start giving plasma for a period after
a trip to PNG, because they couldn’t take whole
“You can give plasma every two weeks and
demand is increasing faster than we can collect it
so I just kept it up.
through her veins
“I was already donating fairly regularly when
I heard about the Defence Blood Challenge and
started to put my donations towards Army’s total.”
If you have been putting off donating, Capt
Fortune said there is no better time than the present
to get to your local centre and make a donation.
“Not many people can step into a medical facil-
ity and resuscitate a casualty, or are in a position
to protect a mate on operations, but most people
can spend an hour every three months to save three
lives,” she said.
“You forget what you’re doing, but you’ll
“When you hear the stories of the people who
received your donation and the difference you’ve
made to their lives, it’s pretty humbling.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a regular donation or a
once off, whether it’s your first or your 50th, that
one hour for you means everything to the recipi-
The Defence Blood Challenge runs from September 1 to
December 8. Further details on the challenge, including
how to register, can be found at donateblood.com.au/
When you hear the
stories of the people
who received your
donation ... it’s pretty
Capt Jessica Fortune,
Capt Jessica Fortune
has donated blood
more than 50 times.
THIS year’s Defence Blood Challenge
is under way after the event was
launched in Canberra on August 29.
Army is facing off against the other
services and Defence civilians to see
who can notch up the most donations.
With a huge advantage in person-
nel numbers, Army has dominated the
competition since it began in 2008.
Attending the launch, Brig
Leigh Wilton, Director General
Personnel – Army, said donating blood
was a great way to give to the people
“Being part of the community
makes it really important that we
commit to that community and the
opportunity to provide blood is very
visible,” she said.
“If you haven’t donated blood or
plasma, now is a good opportunity to
be able to do that.”
Last year, Army won the challenge
with more than 2600 donations, sig-
nificantly beating the other services.
“We had 138 new donors last time
and I reckon we can probably hit 150
this time,” Brig Wilton said.
The competition officially runs
from September 1 to December 8.
For more information visit donateblood.
Battle for biggest donors
Director General Personnel – Army Brig Leigh Wilton, Maj Alisa Wickham and Billy the Blood Drop
speak with OCdt Wilson Purbrick as he donates.
Photo: Sgt Max Bree
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