Do­nat­ing in his blood

Guardian Express - - NEWS - Ju­lian Wright

AF­TER 40 years of do­nat­ing blood, it has be­come part of Al­lan Bar­ber’s rou­tine.

The Perth res­i­dent has do­nated 300 times since he be­gan in 1978 when he lived in Bruce Rock, 240km east of Perth.

In that time he has do­nated more than 140 litres and helped save about 900 lives.

“When I first started, I had just moved over from South Aus­tralia and the neigh­bours were go­ing to do­nate so I went along,” he said.

“I didn’t get to do it very reg­u­larly then be­cause we had to wait for the car­a­van to come to town.”

Mr Bar­ber said it was now an “in­te­gral part” of his Wed­nes­days.

“I take time out of my hec­tic work life ev­ery sec­ond Wed­nes­day to do­nate,” he said.

He said his in­flu­ence en­cour­aged his daugh­ter and son-in-law to do­nate reg­u­larly also.

Mr Bar­ber is one of 800 blood donors cel­e­brated dur­ing Na­tional Blood Donor Week for sav­ing the lives of more than 300,000 Aus­tralians com­bined.

They are among 40,000 blood donors from across the Perth metro area who to­gether gave a com­bined 120,000 blood do­na­tions in the past 12 months.

Na­tional Blood Donor Week is from Septem­ber 2 to 8.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d486151

En­rolled nurse Su­san We­ston with mile­stone blood donor Al­lan Bar­ber.

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