Wattle Grove resident Rudi Morgan, who has booked his 318th blood donation, hopes to change that.
Mr Morgan’s years of donating, since his father needed a blood transfusion after a surgery, inspired his son Tyler (20) to roll up his sleeves this year.
It was not the most conventional way to spend the lead-up to Father’s Day, but donating is in the Morgan blood ” even Mr Morgan’s wife, a nurse, is a regular donor.
Mr Morgan, an intensive care nurse, said he began donating blood because his dad went through a number of medical procedures.
‘I would donate about every two weeks,’ he said.
‘When I lived in Sydney, it was more infrequent because the clinic was far away and it was a long drive, but when I moved to Perth I did it more regularly.’
Midland Donor Centre still needs 210 people to donate blood to ensure patients get the products they need.
‘Each donation helps to save as many as three seriously-ill Australians who need blood to survive,’ Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said.
‘One of those patients could be someone’s dad.’
She said Australia needed around 27,000 donations each week to meet demand.
To donate blood, telephone 13 14 95 or visit donateblood. com.au.