Donor happy to help

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Tyler Brown

ROBERT El­lis has do­nated blood 350 times over the past 60 years.

Fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps, he first do­nated in Mel­bourne when he was about 18 and had not long started work.

He re­mem­bers when he came to WA and was work­ing in West Perth and would do­nate when­ever the hos­pi­tal needed.

“If there was an emer­gency, they used to call me and ask if I could be there in 30 min­utes,” he said.

Now 81, he con­tin­ues to do­nate plasma at the Wil­liam Street donor cen­tre, us­ing the trip as a rea­son to visit the CBD on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

As part of Na­tional Blood Donor Week ear­lier this year, Mr El­lis was among 500 blood donors in Perth recog­nised by the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice for mak­ing a mile­stone blood do­na­tion dur­ing the year.

They were hon­oured at a cer­e­mony at the Univer­sity of WA’s Winthrop Hall.

“It was a nice idea,” Mr El­lis said. “It was en­cour­ag­ing and nice of them to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks.

“I think it would have also helped to get more aware­ness to the gen­eral public.”

He said he would con­tinue to do­nate for as long as he was al­lowed.

“One do­na­tion helps three peo­ple,” he said.

Robert El­lis has been a blood donor for 60 years.

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