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RECENTLY I donated blood.
I had never donated blood before. It was something I had thought about doing but never got around to. And then our friends' three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
While they have been quietly battling her cancer they have been loudly promoting the importance of blood donations.
Mum Lisa Dean said they decided to make this their focus after learning more about how important blood donations are, specially to kids like their daughter Elki.
So when they held a blood drive, I rolled up my sleeve and donated. And it was one of the best things I have ever done. A few days after my donation I received a text message to say my blood was already at work.
It had gone on to save lives at Moree District Hospital in New South Wales.
The feeling, knowing that only an hour of my time and a little bit of my blood has made such a difference is phenomenal.
This might have been my first donation – but I will donate for a lifetime.
First blood donation - now a donor for a lifetime.