Governor Stirling deputy principal and Chittering resident Kevin Ireland clocks up 250 blood donations


Ireland of Chittering, celebrating his 250th blood donation at the Midland Blood Donor Centre.
Ireland of Chittering, celebrating his 250th blood donation at the Midland Blood Donor Centre.

NOT many people can claim to have saved 750 lives, but Chittering resident Kevin Ireland can.

Mr Ireland is celebrating his 250th blood donation milestone this week, coinciding with National Blood Donor Week from June 12-18.

The Deputy Principal at Governor Stirling Senior High School has given about 120 litres of blood since he started donating more than three decades ago.

“I first started donating when I was in my early 20s,” he said.

“I was a young teacher living in country WA and they used to come around in the vans and take blood.

“You’d also get a good feed after!”

Mr Ireland said he was inspired to donate after his cousin spent time at Royal Perth Hospital in intensive care.

“When I visited her, I noticed the dependence all the patients in there had on various types of drips,” he said.

“So donating just seemed like something I could do as my bit for the community.

“I’ll keep going until I go sour.”

Red Cross spokeswoman Jessica Willet said more people needed to follow Mr Ireland’s lead.

“We need 2500 donations every week across Perth to meet patient demand,” she said.

“An estimated nine million Australians are eligible to give blood but only 500,000 actively do so.

“So we are asking the remaining 8.5 million to pitch in and help their local community.

“To ensure blood is there when you or a loved one needs it, we need more people to sign-up as blood donors.”

Glen Forrest resident Rosie Van Der Heyden is also celebrating 250 donations, giving blood fortnightly for the past 40 years.

An awards ceremony will be held at His Majesty’s Theatre for donors who have reached a milestone between 50 and 500 donations in the last 12 months.