Do­na­tion mile­stone

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

IT took a se­ri­ous road ac­ci­dent for Ni­co­las Gurr to learn that the need for life-sav­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion could hap­pen in an in­stant.

Al­most 50 years ago, Mr Gurr was on a Vespa scooter when an on­com­ing car tak­ing a wide berth to avoid an ob­sta­cle sent him crash­ing into a parked car.

Mr Gurr did not have a crash hel­met which had been stolen, and landed on his head, putting him into a coma for two weeks.

Mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tions and years later, he said he re­alised how im­por­tant it was for blood stocks to be avail­able, prompt­ing him to be­come a donor.

Now Mr Gurr is com­ing up on his 450th do­na­tion, help­ing to save more than 1300 lives, but he said he was still push­ing for more.

“My par­ents raised me to give unto oth­ers as you would give your­self and that’s why I’ve set my per­sonal goal of mak­ing at least 500 do­na­tions,” he said.

“As I found out, ur­gent needs for med­i­cal prod­ucts can arise at any time in one’s life.

“I wish that we could all gain this aware­ness of how in­ter-de­pen­dant we are and how much we are re­liant on our so­cial ser­vices in a time of need.”

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said the Fre­man­tle do­na­tion cen­tre needed ex­tra peo­ple will­ing to roll up their sleeves to deal with a spike in de­mand around the Easter pe­riod.

“Cur­rently in Fre­man­tle we only have five peo­ple booked in to do­nate on Easter Sun­day, and four on Easter Mon­day,” she said.

To do­nate, call 13 14 95.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d451076

Ni­co­las Gurr is en­cour­ag­ing do­na­tions for The Blood Ser­vice.

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