Dedicated blood donor recognised

Donor Peter McGlade’s contribution to the Red Cross Blood Service was recognised recently. d403686
Donor Peter McGlade’s contribution to the Red Cross Blood Service was recognised recently. d403686

Mr McGlade donates plasma and platelets alternatively every fortnight and has a racked up 350 donations to the Blood Service. He has been donating blood since 1982.

Mr McGlade was recognised for his contribution during National Blood Donor Week.

He said he was inspired to donate blood because it was a small way he could help others.

‘I think the Red Cross Blood Service is incredible in what it does and believe that if I can help someone less fortunate because of illness or an accident, then I should,’ he said.

‘I always tell the nurses when it comes to blood donation, take as much as you can for as long as you can get it.’

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said regular donors like Mr McGlade made an outstanding lifesaving contribution.

‘One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime but only one in 30 donates,’ she said.

‘You never know when you or someone you love will need blood, and there’s no better way to ensure it’s there than to become a blood donor.

‘It only takes an hour of your time and every donation can help save up to three lives. Australia needs around 27,000 donations each week to meet demand, with cancer patients amongst the biggest users of donated blood.

‘Pregnant mums, their babies, people undergoing emergency surgery, road trauma victims and those with certain blood conditions all rely on blood products to keep them alive.’

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