Blood donor stalwart in festive spirit
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.