ELIZABETH Lourensz has a simple philosophy about why she has donated more than 95 litres of blood over the past 15 years.
“You replace it anyway so you might as well give it to someone who can use it,” she said. “I have just made a habit of it and donate every two weeks.”
The Bertram resident started donating platelets but now gives plasma more than 200 times, saving 600 lives.
She encouraged more people to roll up their sleeves to help the Red Cross, particularly during the winter months when lots of donors get sick with the cold or flu.
“It takes less than an hour once a fortnight, it’s not a huge commitment if people say they haven’t got time,” she said.
Ms Lourensz is one of 517 milestone donors being recognised from across the Perth metropolitan area during National Blood Donor Week from June 11-17.
Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet hoped National Blood Donor Week would inspire more Perth people to become bloody legends.
“Winter is a traditionally tough time for the Blood Service because many regular donors can’t give blood due to cold and flu symptoms,” she said.
“We’d love to see some new donors give blood at any of our Perth donor centres to help ensure that we maintain blood stocks.”
Ms Willet said Perth donors had given up more than 55,000 litre of blood in the past year, and helped save the lives of close to 350,000 Australians.
“National Blood Donor Week is the time to take that first step of making an appointment to give blood,” she said.
To answer the call to become a bloody legend this National Blood Donor Week, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.