Rosebud man makes 100th blood donation
Most couldn’t imagine being stuck by a needle 100 times, even over a long period of time, but that is just what one Rosebud area man has done, voluntarily.
In April, Richard Zachariassen made his 100th blood donation. While there was a clinic in Drumheller, he opted to make this donation in Calgary, as part of a routine of getting stuck, he has stuck to.
“It is actually a way of donating to people that doesn’t come out of my wallet,” said Zachariassen. “People des- perately need it, that can’t live without it.”
He said one in two people in Canada are eligible to donate however, only 1 in 60 make a donation.
The maximum amount one can donate is six and half times per year, or once every 56 days. Zachariassen says he come close to the maximum number every year.
He recalls his first time donating blood. He was 18 years old and “killing time” at Chinook Centre in Calgary one day.
"I had nothing else to do,” he chuckles.
He continues the tradition ever since, making his trek to the Canadian Blood Services office in Calgary to do make his donation.
The next blood donor clinic in Drumheller is July 2 at the Stampede Barn. The clinic hours have increased from five hours to six hours.
“As a result of the clinics' success, there has been an increased demand from donors for more appointment times,” said a release.
It goes on to say that the additional hour can accommodate 30 more donations at each clinic, saving 540 more lives per year. The clinic runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.