Rex Gream – Armidale
“I first started giving blood in 1986 when I was in Sydney and after a few years off, I started this back up when a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer and required a bone marrow transplant. I wanted to find out if I was compatible with him, so had a few tests done. Unfortunately, I wasn’t compatible but someone else was, so this led to him having the life-saving surgery done and he is alive to this day.
Through this experience, it made me realise how important donating blood is and to today (Feb 2023), I have given a total of 168 donations of blood and plasma. Blood can be donated every 12 weeks and plasma can be donated every 2 weeks. Even though I have a phobia of needles, I try and ensure I donate very few weeks.
My motivation to give blood is that while 1 in 3 people will need blood at some point in their life, only 1 in 30 people actually donate. 1 blood donation can save up to 3 lives. I strongly encourage everyone to give the gift of life and give blood.”
To donate or to find out if you’re eligible, visit www.lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood app.