Tap a life- saving vein
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.
LIFELINE: Taxi driver Jeff Rehn, here with session leader Nadine Ashman, has made his 400th blood donation.