Vet­eran donor Gary keeps blood flow­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

GARY Bryant has been giv­ing blood for most of his life, and he has no plans to stop any time soon.

The Wem­b­ley res­i­dent first do­nated blood in 1966 – more than 50 years ago – and has since reached 200 do­na­tions and saved 600 lives.

“It was part of the na­tional ser­vice,” Mr Bryant said. “Ev­ery­one in our unit was vol­un­teered to do­nate blood, but this was a one-off.

“Many years later, I was work­ing with the De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices and they had a cor­po­rate vol­un­teer pro­gram, so I started do­nat­ing whole blood ev­ery three months.”

As a reg­u­lar donor, Mr Bryant was then asked to give plasma.

“A few years later, I was asked to do­nate plasma, which I could give ev­ery two weeks,” he said.

“As I am Rh-neg­a­tive, I was also asked to join the Anti-d pro­gram, which ben­e­fits moth­ers and new­born ba­bies with par­tic­u­lar blood types.”

Mr Bryant was one of 517 Perth blood donors, and one of 15 in the western sub­urbs, recog­nised last week dur­ing Na­tional Blood Donor Week for reach­ing mile­stone do­na­tions.

Gary Bryant has been do­nat­ing blood for more than 50 years.

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