A SOUTHPORT man has been recognised for making a difference to the lives of 900 Australians.
Geoffrey English will receive an award for his contribution as a blood donor this Sunday as part of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s National Blood Donor Week.
Mr English has made 300 donations and said it is his way of giving back to the community.
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“It’s community service – I can’t do much due to work commitments but this is what I can do to help other people,” he said.
[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]GEOFFREY ENGLISH’S VITAL STATISTICS:
• First donation: 1994
• Donation location: Southport Donor Centre
• Donation type: 67 Whole Blood Donations and 233 Plasma Donations
• Donation frequency: Fortnightly
• Total number of donations: 300
• Number of lives saved: 900
• Volume of blood donated: approx. 141 litres[/signoff]
Blood Service spokesperson Marlene de Kock said Mr English’s life-saving donations have potentially improved the lives of thousands of Australians, including new mothers, cancer patients and people undergoing emergency surgery.
“Every one of Geoffrey English’s donations help to save three lives, but his contribution has stretched so much further,” she said.
Ms de Kock said Mr English is one of 105 Gold Coast locals set to receive an award for reaching a milestone blood donation in the past 12 months.
“Blood donors change more than just the three lives they help to save with each blood donation,” she said.
“A donation of blood has a ripple effect, from the person receiving the blood, right through to their entire family and their friends.
“When you give a blood donation you make an amazing difference not only to the recipient but also to their loved ones.”
National Blood Donor Week is a celebration of Australia’s 500,000 blood donors who together made more than 1.3 million donations over the past year.
To become a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au