HUNDREDS of litres of blood donated within a year is an impressive feat – particularly for the people it has saved.
Medina resident Lyle Lambie has been donating blood to the Red Cross for years and this year he reached the milestone of 650 donations.
It makes him the most generous blood donor in WA, saving 1950 lives.
“I donate blood because I enjoy helping others in need. If someone needs blood, you could be saving that person’s life, simply by giving blood,” he said.
Mr Lambie donates fortnightly at the Rockingham Blood Donor Centre.
He is one of 70 ‘Bloody Legends’ that will be recognised for their lifesaving efforts during National Blood Donor Week, September 2-8.
Every year milestone donors (those who have reached a milestone donation – 50, 100, 150 etc – in the past 12 months) are thanked for their generosity and lifesaving achievements with a special awards ceremony.
This year 800 milestone donors are being recognised from across the Perth metro area for saving the lives of more than 300,000 Australians.
Across Perth 40,000 blood donors together gave a combined 120,000 blood donations in the past 12 months.
National Blood Donor Week is an annual celebration for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to recognise all the ‘Bloody Legends’ who save lives every year.
It is also a time when the Blood Service calls for more people to donate blood, both now and in the future.
Donated blood only lasts 42 days so there is a requirement for a constant supply of donations.
Call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au