Mandurah’s Seamus Murphy to be recognised for Blood Donor Week

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SEAMUS Murphy has saved 750 lives.

This admirable achievement was through the 120 litres of plasma he has contributed to the blood bank.

Despite living in Mandurah, Mr Murphy has made 250 blood donations at the Perth Blood Donor Centre. He has also made 500 blood donations in Ireland.

He started donating after a child relative needed a full-body blood transfusion.

“It is an hour out of my day and it’s painless,” he said.

“I get free health check-ups as well.

“It’s something I like to do.”

It is National Blood Donor Week next week (June 12 to 18), where donors will be honoured for their contributions.

Donors who have reached a milestone blood donation of between 50 and 500 in the past 12 months will be acknowledged at an award ceremony at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said Blood Donor Week was a timely reminder of the importance of blood donation.

“There is no substitute for donated blood and across Perth we need 2500 donations every week to meet patient demand,” she said.

“An estimated nine million Australians are eligible to give blood, but only 500,000 actively do so, and we’re asking the remaining 8.5 million to pitch in and help their local community.