Blood donor stal­wart in fes­tive spirit

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

After do­nat­ing blood for the first time at the age of 18, Bruce Zilm man­aged to get to an in­cred­i­ble 487 do­na­tions be­fore a can­cer di­ag­no­sis halted his plans to beat his do­na­tion records.

But Mr Zilm’s bad news hasn’t stopped him con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the ser­vice in dif­fer­ent ways over the fes­tive sea­son.

For more than 61 years, Mr Zilm helped save count­less lives and is now urg­ing oth­ers to do the same.

Al­though Mr Zilm has not been able to donate over the past few years, he re­mains as pas­sion­ate about the ser­vice, and each year pulls on the big red suit to make a visit to donors at the Rock­ing­ham Red Cross Blood Ser­vice.

Dressed up as Santa and spread­ing the fes­tive cheer last week, Mr Zilm urged any­one think­ing about do­nat­ing over Christ­mas and the new year to make a book­ing, to en­sure there was enough of a blood sup­ply over the week.

A short­age of blood donors over the Christ­mas pe­riod in Rock­ing­ham has led the Red Cross to put the call out for ad­di­tional donors.

Red Cross WA re­gional com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Jes­sica Wil­let said 120 peo­ple were still needed to donate blood be­fore New Year’s Eve.

The Rock­ing­ham Donor Cen­tre is at Unit 3A, 1 Ben­jamin Way and is open on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 27 from 7am- 1pm; Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28 from 7am- 12.45pm; Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30 from 7.30am- 12.30pm; and Mon­day, De­cem­ber 31 from 7.30am- 1.30pm.

Santa, or Bruce Zilm, with Rock­ing­ham Donor Cen­tre ses­sion leader Therese Lee and donor Bernie Webb.

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