IT takes a special person to give blood more than 250 times and Safety Bay’s Max Wilsoncroft is one of them.
The retiree, who started donating in 1`994, has donated around 120 litres of his blood; that’s enough to save more than 750 lives.
He was quick to play the achievement down, insisting he did not give blood for the recognition.
“Once I started doing it I though ‘oh well, it’s something I can do that doesn’t cost anything that helps other people’ so I just kept doing it,” he said.
Mr Wilsoncroft encourages people who are able to give blood to roll up their sleeves.
“If you can give blood, go for it. People need blood and it doesn’t cost you anything, it costs you an hour of time, big deal,” he said.
The staff at the Rockingham clinic said Mr Wilsoncroft was as regular as clockwork, often arriving the same time as the staff in the morning.
He joins more than 400 other donors to be recognised for National Blood Donor Week, which begins on Sunday.
Blood Service representative Jessica Willet congratulated the donors on their achievements.
“National Blood Donor Week provides the nation with an opportunity to say thank you to these community champions for donating blood and saving lives,” she said.
“Blood donation is a proud Australian tradition that has been going strong for 87 years and is continued by these generous individuals year on year.”
She said only a fraction of eligible Australians give blood, with more than 2500 donations needed in Perth each week to keep up with patient demand.
“An estimated nine million Australians are eligible to give blood but only 500,000 actively do so and we’re asking the remaining 8.5 million to pitch in and help their local community,” she said.
“To ensure blood is there when you or a loved one needs it, we need more people to sign-up as blood donors.”