IT’S IN THE BLOOD: Grahame Kilby, who has been donating blood since 1970, was recognised for his commitment yesterday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 072914cblood
IN 44 years, Grahame Kilby has donated 74 litres of blood on 150 occasions, and saved 450 lives – and last night he was recognised for his lifelong commitment to helping others.
Bathurst man Mr Kilby was one of 70regular blood donors from across the region recognised for their commitment incelebration of this week’s National Blood Donor Week.
He was just 21 when he first rolled up his sleeve to donate at the Bathurst Mobile Donor Centre.
“A work colleague was donating and I thought why don’t I come along,” he said.
“Since then I’ve donated every 12 weeks for 40-odd years, but I’ve probably missed the odd one because I’ve been sick.”
Mr Kilby said he’s not sure why such a low percentage of the population donates blood as he finds it a “pleasant experience”.
“Donating blood is a very easy way to give back to the community; it doesn’t cost you anything except a little bit of your time,” he said.
“I’ve spoken to people and tried toencourage them. I suppose that’s all you can do.
“It’s really easy to do – you just line up and hold out your arm.”
Mr Kilby said while last night’s ceremony was nice, “you don’t do it for that”.
While one in three people will need blood during their lives, Mr Kilby is among around one in 30 people who actually donate.
Blood Service spokesperson Erin Clarke said Mr Kilby’s donations have potentially improved the lives of thousands of Australians, including new mothers, cancer patients and people undergoing emergency surgery.
“Every one of Grahame’s donations help to save three lives, but his contribution has stretched so much further,” she said.
“A donation of blood has aripple effect, from the person receiving the blood right through to their entire family and their friends.”
Mr Kilby has retired from donating due to a recent heart condition.
“Thank you to the Blood Service, they’ve always been so kind and friendly,” he said.
To become a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood南京夜网.au.
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