Perth resident Allan Barber donates blood 300 times

Enrolled nurse Susan Weston and Milestone blood donor Allan Barber. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
Enrolled nurse Susan Weston and Milestone blood donor Allan Barber. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

AFTER 40 years of donating blood, it has become part of Allan Barber’s routine.

The Perth resident has donated 300 times since he began in 1978 when he lived in Bruce Rock, 240km east of Perth.

In that time he has donated more than 140 litres and helped save about 900 lives.

“When I first started, I had just moved over from South Australia and the neighbours were going to donate so I went along,” he said.

“I didn’t get to do it very regularly then because we had to wait for the caravan to come to town.”

Mr Barber said it was now an “integral part” of his Wednesdays.

“I take time out of my hectic work life every second Wednesday to donate,” he said.

He said his influence encouraged his daughter and son-in-law to donate regularly also.

Mr Barber is one of 800 blood donors celebrated during National Blood Donor Week for saving the lives of more than 300,000 Australians combined.

They are among 40,000 blood donors from across the Perth metro area who together gave a combined 120,000 blood donations in the past 12 months.

National Blood Donor Week is from September 2-8.

To donate, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.