Donor draws first blood

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

SOUTH Fre­man­tle res­i­dent Tim McGrath do­nated blood for the first time last week and said it was a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr McGrath said he was in­spired to do­nate by his sonin-law and com­ing across the Fre­man­tle Donor Cen­tre by chance.

“My son-in-law who works at Fiona Stan­ley has told me to do­nate be­fore,” he said.

“Last week I was walk­ing and I saw the cen­tre and I just walked in and made my ap­point­ment.

“It was a re­ally pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence and they have a great cafe­te­ria with plenty of cook­ies and fruit juice.”

For those who are un­sure about do­nat­ing, Mr McGrath said it was a great way to spend an hour.

“You can do it be­fore or af­ter you go shop­ping – it’s re­ally easy,” he said.

“I was re­ally im­pressed about how smart the set-up is. It looks like a busi­ness class lounge at an air­port, not very clin­i­cal.

“It has a great am­bi­ence. I have my next ap­point­ment to do­nate blood in June.”

Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said an ex­tra 160 peo­ple were needed to do­nate blood in Fre­man­tle over Easter.

“In par­tic­u­lar, more donors are needed at Fre­man­tle Blood Donor Cen­tre on Easter Mon­day, as cur­rently just four donors are booked in to do­nate,” she said.

“One in three peo­ple will need blood in their life­time, yet cur­rently only one in 30 do­nates.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d480957

Com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fi­cer Gina Tracey with blood donor Tim McGrath.

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