Peter always at red-dy for plasma donation

Peter Celliers is a dedicated blood donor. Picture: Bruce Hunt d403689
Peter Celliers is a dedicated blood donor. Picture: Bruce Hunt d403689

The honour comes as Australians celebrate National Blood Donor Week (July 14-21), a time to say thank you to donors and learn more about becoming a blood donor.

Mr Celliers will be acknowledged for his milestone of 150 plasma donations.

‘I donate because it’s the best way I feel to help my fellow man, it costs me only my time and you get a good coffee after.’

Mr Celliers (52) has been a blood donor since doing national service in South Africa, where his blood was used for a serious medical emergency.

In Perth, he donates plasma every fortnight and recalls how he even helped his wife during the birth of their son.

‘When my son was born back in South Africa, my wife needed three units of red blood cells, which cost me nothing,’ he said.

‘Just think how many people can benefit if more people were donors.’

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said one in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime but only one in 30 actually donates.

‘You never know when you or someone you love will need blood,’ she said.

‘And there’s no better way to ensure that 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.’

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