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Red cross thanks life-giving donors

DON GILMORE has donated more than 100 litres of blood over the past 35 years and says it's one of the most rewarding things he does.

Mr Gilmore, of Richmond Hill, was one of the dozens of milestone blood donors honoured at an event at the new House With No Steps conference centre near Alstonville yesterday.

A little while back, Mr Gilmore celebrated his 150th blood donation at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Lismore.

Mr Gilmore said his mother led the way for him.

“My mum gave blood and you are guided by your parents. I just love giving blood and would encourage others to do the same,” he said.

At the afternoon ceremony, the blood service's marketing co-ordinator, Lee Harley, said the recognition event was held during National Blood Donor Week to let regular donors know how much their generosity and efforts were valued. Awards were presented to donors who'd reached a significant number of donations.

“Every donation of blood saves someone's life or makes it better,” she told the gathering of more than 100 people.

Ms Harley paid tribute to the North Coast's regular donors. The area stretches from the Tweed to Kyogle and south to Yamba.

“I'm very proud to say that in our region people continually respond when the national call goes out for emergency donations to help blood stocks.”

Ms Harley said that over the past financial year extra mobile van services had been introduced to make donating blood easier for those in the region's many villages.

“This strategy clearly worked as we ended this financial year with 8000 donations, 200 above our target - an amazing effort.”



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