Donor gives lifeblood


Blood donor Nicolas Gurr.
Picture: Matt Jelonek
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Blood donor Nicolas Gurr. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d451076

Almost 50 years ago, Mr Gurr was on a Vespa scooter when an oncoming car, taking a wide berth to avoid an obstacle, sent him crashing into a parked car.

With no crash helmet, Mr Gurr landed on his head, putting him into a coma for two weeks.

He said his multiple operations made him realise how important it was for blood stocks to be available, prompting him to become a donor.

Now Mr Gurr is coming up on his 450th donation, helping to save more than 1300 lives, and he is still pushing for more.

“I’ve set my personal goal of making at least 500 donations,” he said.

“As I found out, urgent needs for medical products can arise at any time in one’s life.

“I wish that we could all gain this awareness of how inter-|dependant we are and how much we are reliant on our social services in a time of need.”

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said the Fremantle donation centre needed extra people willing to roll up their sleeves to deal with a spike in demand around the Easter period.

“Currently in Fremantle we have only five people booked in to donate on Easter Sunday, and four on Easter Monday,” she said.

“Your blood donation will help road trauma victims, cancer patients and many other seriously ill Australians this Easter.”

To donate, call 13 14 95.