Call for young and old to donate blood
AT 80 years of age, Allan Upston is nearing the end of his blood donor journey, while 20-year-old Seb Vosikis is just starting his.
Mr Upston, of Ballajura, said he first stared donating when he was about 18 and working in the coal mines in New Zealand.
“I just wanted to help people,” he said.
Mr Upston donated about 90 times in New Zealand and continued when he moved to Australia.
For the past few years, he has donated every two weeks and has just notched up 522 donations.
“It’s a worthwhile cause and everyone who can donate, should do it.”
Mr Upston will have to retire from donating blood in October when he turns 81.
“I will miss it; it’s become a ritual over the past few years,” he said.
“I’ve encouraged my grandchildren, who are 22 and 16, to donate too and we usually go on the same day.”
Darch resident Seb Vosikis started donating last year and has already made eight donations.
“My parents were donors, so I thought ‘why not’,” he said.
“Blood products don’t last a long time, so they’re constantly in need of new supply.”
Mr Vosikis said he tried to donate blood as often as he could and would “definitely” continue in the future.
As two of Edgewater Blood Donor Centre’s oldest and youngest donors, the pair is encouraging others to roll up their sleeves, particularly on Australia Day.
So far, just five donors are booked in to donate blood at the Edgewater facility on the public holiday, with another 35 needed between 8am and noon.
“Blood donation takes just one hour – it’s such a short time spent saving three Australian lives,” Blood Service spokeswoman Jess Willet said.
To make an appointment, go to www.donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.
Seb Vosikis and Allan Upston are urging others to become blood donors.