David hon­oured for giv­ing blood

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

JUST un­der 45 years since he first do­nated his first pint, a Lis­towel man has been hon­oured for hav­ing gone on to do­nate his blood an in­cred­i­ble 100 times.

For Dave Caplice, it was a very sim­ple de­ci­sion for him way back in 1974, when he heard about a short­age of blood.

“I just knew that there was an aw­ful lot of peo­ple in the coun­try that needed blood and be­cause I was able to do­nate, I just went and did it,” said Dave, speak­ing to The Ker­ry­man on Mon­day morn­ing.

Dave was re­cently hon­oured by the the Lim­er­ick Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vice for his nu­mer­ous self­less acts over the years.

“I would nor­mally be al­lowed to do­nate around three times a year, but of course, there were times over the years with dif­fer­ent things on which meant I could only go twice a year, but I al­ways tried my best to get there,” Dave con­tin­ued.

Dave said that he would en­cour­age any­one out there that will­ing and able to do­nate blood do so.

“It [do­nat­ing blood] is a won­der­ful thing to do. It only takes a small bit of your time and it can help save some­ones life. I re­mem­ber there was a time dur­ing one of the storms that a a Pro­fes­sor in Lim­er­ick said that blood sup­plies went down to maybe a day or two, so that is why do­nat­ing is im­por­tant,” he con­tin­ued.

There is clinic run­ning in the Bran­don Ho­tel Con­fer­ence cen­tre tonight ( Wed­nes­day, April 11) and Thurs­day April 12 from 3pm to 5pm and again from 7pm to 9pm those evenings. is to

David Caplice

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