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.
Nicolas Gurr is encouraging donations for The Blood Service.