DARCH resident Rob Franklin recently made his 300th blood donation.
The 69-year-old said he had been donating whole blood, plasma and platelets since he was 16, first donating at the Canberra Hospital.
“I started because I needed blood products just after I was born to stay alive; that is what my mother told me,” Mr Franklin said.
“I have had a few breaks, but it is great to know we are saving lives with every donation.”
National Blood Donor Week runs from June 12 to 18.
This year, it coincides with World Blood Day on June 14.
To donate, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.