Blood broth­ers

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

BE­TWEEN them, north­ern sub­urbs res­i­dents Ge­of­frey Gorham and Keith Tal­bot have saved more than 3300 lives. They were among 800 mile­stone donors across Perth recog­nised for their gen­eros­ity and life­sav­ing achieve­ments as part of Na­tional Blood Donor Week from Septem­ber 2 to 8. Mr Gorham, of Dun­craig, first do­nated blood in the 1960s and now he do­nates plasma ev­ery two weeks at the Edge­wa­ter Blood Donor Cen­tre. “Do­nat­ing blood is a good way to con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety,” he said. “It’s such a good thing to do and takes so lit­tle time.” Mr Tal­bot, of Min­darie, started do­nat­ing in 1988, in­spired by his dad’s di­ag­no­sis of pan­cre­atic can­cer and the blood do­na­tions that helped to save his life. He said when he first started do­nat­ing, his aim was to reach 50 do­na­tions. Now he do­nates plasma and platelets ev­ery fort­night, also at the Edge­wa­ter cen­tre. To do­nate, call 13 14 95 or visit www.do­nate­blood.com.au.

Ge­of­frey Gorham and Keith Tal­bot have do­nated blood 550 times. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486257

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