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THE DEFENCE BLOOD CHALLENGE
Joining forces for a blood challenge
2015 Defence Blood Challenge ambassadors Australian Army private Natalie Dajski, APS member Phil
Bartholomeusz and Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Jemma Power. Photo: Georgina Connery
All four arms of the Australian
Defence Force along with the
Australian Public Service are being
asked to roll up their sleeves and give
blood as part of the 2015 Defence
For the seventh consecutive year the
ADF will partner with the Australian
Red Cross Blood Service to boost
Australia's blood supplies.
In 2014 more than 5400 donations
This year the target is to surpass that
and deliver 6000 donations between
September 1 and December 8.
Healthy competition is a great
motivator to spur on donations as the
army, air force, navy and the
Australian Public Service vie to win
the top gong for the most donations
made. Australian Army private Natalie
Dajski is the army 2015 blood
She was confident the army would
donate generously and maintain their
four-year winning streak.
It feels like a big responsibility but
I am proud to spread the word about
the importance of donating blood," she
said. It is not just serving members
it's about getting family members and
friends as well -- the more donations
Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant
Commander Jemma Power said
whether you were an ADF member or
not, being a regular donor was about
overcoming the ick-factor'' and
making the time.
It is not a fun thing to do,'' she said.
"But everyone knows someone who
has had cancer of some description.
That driver of doing something
practical to help far outweighs the ick-
factor of needles and blood.''
Since he was 18 years old APS
member Phil Bartholomeusz has been
a regular donor and said it was
something close to his heart.
"I've primarily donated for family
reasons,'' he said.
"My son Samuel was born with a
congenital heart disease and had to
have many surgeries which involved
Seeing how crucial it was for his son
and for other members of his family
battling cancer, he is passionate about
He said 2015 was the year he
wanted to see Canberrans working in
the APS rise up from the bottom of the
challenge leader board.
There has got to be at least 4000
APS civilians out at Russell,'' he said.
Even if one of every two donated
that's 2000 donations, a third of this
year's total target.''
He urged blood donors to register as
part of the 2015 Defence Blood
Challenge and have their contributions
At the last meeting we were surprised
to hear that the Nudurr Drive extension
was again under consideration
although not for five to 10 years.
Another surprise was advice about
the design phase of Gungahlin Bus
Station scheduled for 2016.
Community consultation is to be held
during September and October. GCC
has concerns that a new bus interchange
will take over one of the rare areas of
public space in the town centre.
Construction on stage one of
Gundaroo Drive duplication will start
in November. It will comprise a dual
carriageway and a future intersection
for link up with the Valley Ave.
Work on the Barton Highway/
Gundaroo Drive upgrade and
Gungahlin Drive widening project,
between Sandford and Wells Station
Road, will begin in October. The new
Throsby Estate will have 1100
dwellings on blocks of
190-900sq metre, large open spaces
and a small mixed-use site for
potential commercial development.
Stage one of the three-stage
construction will start in October.
Moncrieff, Amaroo and Nicholls
are to host relocated public housing
tenants as the government adapts its
strategy. The DA for Nicholls has been
approved with conditions.
GCC's business breakfast will be on
September 1 at Gungahlin Lakes. The
AGM will be on September 9, 6.30pm
at Gungahlin Library. Expressions of
interest are sought for the committee.
Ewan Brown, chairman
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