NICOLAS Gurr was a 21-year-old rugby player when he decided to donate at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for the first time.
“I was a fairly fit young lad and just thought there were a lot of people who could use the donations,” he said.
A frightening motorcycle accident two years later left him in a coma for two weeks and ended his playing days, but not his desire to help others.
While it was five years before he could assist the Red Cross again, Mr Gurr has gone on to donate nearly 500 times, helping thousands across a 50-year span.
“You can well and truly make a difference to someone’s life,” he said.
Mr Gurr is among 517 Perth blood donors being recognised as part of National Blood Donor Week this week, along with Spearwood resident Frank Williams.
Mr Williams, who has made more than 350 donations, will celebrate his 67th birthday on the same day as he will be recognised for his generosity.