Give the gift of life


Rod and Carrie-Anne Macintyre with Jaime (15) and Jack (6).
Rod and Carrie-Anne Macintyre with Jaime (15) and Jack (6).

“My decision to donate was inspired by seeing the reward of someone’s selfless act, which led to saving my wife’s life,” Mr Macintyre said.

“The only way I could ever repay that was to donate myself.”

The Craigie resident is now a regular plasma and platelet donor and hopes to continue donating as often as he can.

“I’d have to be on my death bed not to. Any chance I get and whatever they need, I tell them just take it. There’s someone out there that needs it every second of every day,” he said.

Mr Macintyre is encouraging more people to donate blood.

“From a donor and a family who have received this gift, we thank you and encourage you to donate, to tell your friends and family to donate, because an hour out of your life and you’re saving many others,” he said.

“You don’t know whose life you could be saving; you’re giving someone a second chance at life. The difference you could make is the greatest reward ever.”

People are particularly encouraged to donate immediately before and after the Easter long weekend, when donors are in short supply because of holidays.

“Currently at Edgewater (Blood Donor Centre), we don’t have a single person booked in to donate blood on Easter Sunday and only 10 people have appointments on Easter Monday,” Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said.

“To meet demand for blood and to save lives, it’s essential that we see an extra 50 donors during those two days.”

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