Do­nat­ing is a way of life

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

ANNA Licht­en­berg says do­nat­ing blood gives her a won­der­ful feel­ing.

Dr Licht­en­berg, whose par­ents were of Ital­ian/ Croa­t­ian her­itage, started do­nat­ing blood in 1971 and has do­nated more than 250 times since.

She said her par­ents em­i­grated to Aus­tralia af­ter World War II and were al­ways grate­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ties they re­ceived here.

“They lived on the bor­der of what is now Italy and Croa­tia; that bor­der changed many times,” she said.

“My dad was in the army at the end of the war help­ing Amer­i­cans af­ter my par­ents de­cided to come over the bor­der.

“They talked about it a lot; they were grate­ful for their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“They as­sim­i­lated quickly and made friends here.”

Dr Licht­en­berg was born in Al­bury and lived in Bendigo and Gee­long.

“It was at a teacher’s col­lege in Mel­bourne when I de­cided to do­nate blood for the first time,” she said.

“I’m not sure if there was a drive.

“Back then you could only do­nate whole blood but when I moved to Perth in 1981, I started do­nat­ing again and I could do­nate plasma so I could come in ev­ery fort­night, which I did when­ever I was fit and healthy.

“It’s a won­der­ful feel­ing to do­nate and it’s my way of do­ing what I can.

“It’s sim­pler and quicker com­pared to years ago; it only takes about an hour.”

Na­tional Blood Donor Week, which runs from June 11 to 17, is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion for the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice to recog­nise all the “bloody leg­ends” that have saved lives through blood dona­tion.

It is also a time when the Blood Ser­vice calls for more peo­ple to be­come donors.

Blood Ser­vice spokesper­son Jes­sica Wil­let hoped Na­tional Blood Donor Week would in­spire more Perth peo­ple to be­come “bloody leg­ends”.

Dr Anna Licht­en­berg has do­nated blood and plasma more than 250 times.

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