Rosebud man makes 100th blood do­na­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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.

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