Duncraig, Mindarie residents among milestone donors recognised for National Blood Donor Week

Geoffrey Gorham (Duncraig) and Keith Talbot (Mindarie) both donated 550 times. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Geoffrey Gorham (Duncraig) and Keith Talbot (Mindarie) both donated 550 times. Photo: Martin Kennealey

BETWEEN them, northern suburbs residents Geoffrey Gorham and Keith Talbot have saved more than 3300 lives.

As part of National Blood Donor Week from September 2 to 8, they are among 800 milestone donors across Perth being recognised for their generosity and lifesaving achievements at a special recognition ceremony on Saturday.

Mr Gorham, of Duncraig, first donated blood in the 1960s and now he donates plasma every two weeks at the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre.

“Donating blood is a good way to contribute to society,” he said.

“It’s such a good thing to do and takes so little time.”

Mr Talbot, of Mindarie, started donating in 1988, inspired by his dad’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and the blood donations that helped to save his life.

He said when he first started donating, his aim was to reach 50 donations.

Now he donates plasma and platelets every fortnight, also at the Edgewater centre.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said while National Blood Donor Week was about thanking donors, it was also about calling for more people to roll up their sleeves.

“With donated blood only lasting 42 days, we need a constant supply of blood donations, which means we need more people to donate blood more often,” she said.

“It takes just an hour of your time to donate blood and every donation helps save three lives.”

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