PADBURY resident Max Henderson says donating blood has become a habit.
The 63-year-old first donated in 1978 and this week, he is being recognised for notching up 400 donations.
“I was working in the city and a colleague had one of the rarer blood groups,” Mr Henderson said.
“He was often called when they needed more of that type and one day he said ‘why don’t you come along, it’s no problems’.
“At the time, I was young and relatively healthy and I didn’t know much about my blood group so I thought ‘well, you get a cup of tea and some time off work’ so I went along and donated whole blood and that’s where it all started.”
In 1990, when his office moved to Guildford, he continued to go in to the city to donate monthly.
“I got to 100 donations and thought, that’s enough for me, I’ll have a rest from travelling back and forth from the city so I did that until about 1997,” he said.
“Then I was made redundant and I got a new job back in the city so I thought I’ll start going back and then I was going fortnightly from them on.
“In 2011, I was made redundant again, so I decided to come home and donate in Joondalup.”
Mr Henderson said it was pleasing to reach such a milestone.
“Once you get past a few (donations), you think ‘I’ll just keep going until I get that extra 50’,” he said.
“It’s quite painless.
“Somebody has to do it and if I don’t, that means there’s one less doing it.”
Though he is now on a doctor-ordered break from donating since November, he hopes to resume as soon as possible.
“It’s a little thing I can do to help in a volunteering capacity,” he said.“It doesn’t take a lot of time, it’s painless and you get a nice chat and a smile; they’re all nice people and you get a cup of tea.
“If you have the spare time, do it to help your fellow man.”
Mr Henderson will be recognised for his 400 blood donations at an award ceremony as part of National Blood Donor Week until June 18 and World Blood Donor Day today (June 14).
This year, 430 milestone donors from across the metropolitan area being recognised.
The Joondalup and Wanneroo regions have the highest number of milestone donors with 79. Mr Henderson is one of seven being recognised for 400 donations.
To donate, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.