Tap a life- sav­ing vein

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - EMMA CHAD­WICK emma. chad­wick@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE taxi driver Jeff Rehn is one of the ev­ery­day Aussie he­roes who has been qui­etly help­ing to save lives.

The Red Cross Blood Bank cel­e­brated Mr Rehn’s 400th blood do­na­tion, which he has made ev­ery month over the past 15 years.

“When I made my first do­na­tion, the blood bank was in the old Townsville hos­pi­tal at North Ward, I worked in town so I would go in my lunch break,” he said.

“An ad­vert caught my eye about how many do­na­tions were needed and I just started go­ing.

“I got to meet some of the chil­dren who need reg­u­lar blood trans­fu­sions at a bar­be­cue put on by the Red Cross and that re­ally brought it home how im­por­tant it is to do­nate.”

Red Cross Blood Bank spokes­woman Sandy Holmes said each blood do­na­tion could save the lives of three peo­ple, which meant Mr Rehn had helped to save 1200 lives.

“A blood do­na­tion gives a pa­tient un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy the ex­tra strength they need to make it through treat-

Ev­ery donor is ex­tra­or­di­nary be­cause they give the fam­i­lies of

se­ri­ously ill pa­tients ex­tra time to­gether SANDY HOLMES

ment, Anti- D donors give preg­nant mums the ex­tra chance to have a healthy baby and bone mar­row donors give pa­tients another chance at life,” Ms Holmes said.

Ms Holmes said 178 more donors were needed in Townsville Donor Cen­tre over the next four weeks and urged new donors to roll up their sleeves.

“Only one in 30 peo­ple do­nate blood, but we know that one in three will need blood in their life­time,” she said.

“We’re urg­ing peo­ple aged be­tween 16 and 70, who feel fit and healthy, and who want to help save lives, to make an ap­point­ment to give blood.”

To do­nate blood, call 13 14 95 to make your ap­point­ment.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

LIFE­LINE: Taxi driver Jeff Rehn, here with ses­sion leader Na­dine Ash­man, has made his 400th blood do­na­tion.

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