Decades of do­nat­ing

Melville Times - - News - Peter McGlade has do­nated blood 475 times. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486226

PETER McGlade started do­nat­ing blood in 1982 be­cause it was con­ve­nient but know­ing that he is help­ing peo­ple has spurred him to con­tinue for nearly four decades.

The Ap­ple­cross res­i­dent will be recog­nised for mak­ing 475 do­na­tions dur­ing Na­tional Blood Donor Week, which takes place from Septem­ber 2 to 8.

“I worked for an oil com­pany in the city and there used to be a car that would take us down to do­nate when we could,” he said.

“Back then you could do­nate whole blood ev­ery three months, so when­ever we had six peo­ple they would take us down.

“Years later I was able to do­nate plasma and platelets ev­ery fort­night.”

Mr McGlade said Tues­day ev­ery fort­night was his day to do­nate blood.

“I head to the Red Cross and then the rest of the world fol­lows,” he said.

“I’ve been asked be­fore to change but for me it works well.”

Mr McGlade said he felt “em­bar­rassed” when he was recog­nised for mak­ing the mile­stone do­na­tions.

“They’ve told me be­fore that I’ve helped to save 1400 lives but I’m just happy to help out,” he said.

“I think if you can help out then you should. I’ve helped talk some of the peo­ple from my work into head­ing down to the donor cen­tre with me.

“From my ex­pe­ri­ence, ev­ery­one from the re­cep­tion­ist to the nurs­ing staff and the vol­un­teers have all been bril­liant.”

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