450 chances to save lives
PAUL Newcombe’s newborn son was barely out of the womb when he needed all of his blood removed and replaced with that from a donor.
The Thornlie resident was able to give the blood his new baby needed but soon found himself returning to the donation centre again and again as he tried to help others like his son.
Since then he has made 450 donations to help more than 1350 lives and the baby boy who started it all has grown up and gone on to donate more than 220 times himself.
Mr Newcombe said he liked the idea of giving something to help the sick .
“There is always a need and I can do it, so why not pay it forward?” he said.
“And if it wasn’t for the staff at Cannington branch and their sense of humour, professionalism and eye for detail it wouldn’t have the atmosphere it has and wouldn’t be the fun it is.
“Then there is free food – my son always says he’ll shout me a cuppa and cake afterwards.”
With National Blood Donor Week running until September 8, Mr Newcombe said he hoped others would become inspired to roll up their sleeves.
“My son and I have a saying, ‘give the gift money cannot buy’,” he said.
“I think others should be encouraged to donate as it is one of the only truly altruistic things a person can do.
“There is no actual reward for doing it other than the warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing the right thing.”
Paul Newcombe first gave blood when his newborn son needed it and has not stopped since then.