Mr Steele, who has been a blood donor for the best part of the last 40 years, celebrated his 175th donation with staff and other donors by being the first donor through the doors at the new Blood Donor Centre in South Fremantle.
He said donating at the new centre was great and something more people should do.
‘The new centre is good, much larger than the other one and it would be more convenient for a lot of people,’ he said. ‘Donating is a worthwhile thing to do; it’s painless and gives you a sense of contributing something to the community.’
Australian Red Cross Blood Service communications advisor Jessica Willet said the centre’s first day went smoothly.
‘Both donors and staff are delighted with our new spacious and modern facility, and it is reflecting on our appointment numbers as we are already fully booked for our first Sunday,’ she said.