Donors honoured as heroes8 August, 2012
Blood donors from Armidale, Inverell and Glen Innes were among the 570,000 blood donors across Australia honoured last week for their lifesaving efforts with a special presentation at the Powerhouse in Armidale.
Wayne Townsend from Armidale was amongst the local donors recognised and thanked by the Armidale Blood Bank.
â€œI was involved with the ambulance service years ago and saw the need for people to donate,â€ said Wayne.
â€œGiving blood is nowhere near as bad as everyone thinks, giving blood can sometimes take as little as 15 minutes, giving plasma for me is about an hour.â€
Local Armidale man Trevor Coit who suffers from an immune system disease and receives Intragram-P which comes out of Plasma was at the ceremony in Armidale to thank donors.
â€œWithout the generosity of donors I would be bed-bound and in a wheel chair,â€ said Trevor.
â€œMy quality of life has vastly improved and now I can enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.â€
Last year, Australiaâ€™s 570,000 blood donors gave more than 1.35 million donations, saving the lives of thousands of patients who rely on donated blood.
One in three of us will need blood or a blood product in our lifetime, yet only one in 30 of us actually gives blood.
To roll up your sleeves and donate, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au