Thornlie man rolls up sleeve 450 times to help sick strangers

Paul Newcombe. Photo: Jon Hewson. d486295 communitypix.com.au.
Paul Newcombe. Photo: Jon Hewson. d486295 communitypix.com.au.

PAUL Newcombe’s newborn son was barely out of the womb when he needed all of his blood removed and replaced with that from a donor.

The Thornlie resident was able to give the blood his new baby needed but soon found himself returning to the donation centre again and again as he tried to help others like his son.

Since then, he has made 450 donations to help more than 1350 lives, and the baby boy that started it all has grown up and gone on to donate more than 220 times himself.

Mr Newcombe said he liked the idea of giving something to sick people who needed it.

“I keep returning to donate as there is always a need and I can do it, so why not pay it forward,” he said.

“Then there are your staff, if it wasn’t for the staff at Cannington branch and their sense of humour, professionalism and eye for detail it wouldn’t have the atmosphere it has and wouldn’t be the fun it is.

“Then there is free food, my son always says he’ll shout me a cuppa and cake afterwards.”

He said he hoped others would become inspired to roll up their sleeves.

“My son and I have a saying, ‘give the gift money cannot buy’,” he said.

“I think others should be encouraged to donate as it is one of the only truly altruistic things a person can do.

“There is no actual reward for doing it other than the warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing the right thing.”