HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! William Brener, of Coraki, celebrated his 64th birthday with his 175th blood donation in Lismore.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! William Brener, of Coraki, celebrated his 64th birthday with his 175th blood donation in Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Will's yearly blood ritual saves 3 lives

EVERY year on his birthday, Coraki resident William Brenner does something a little unconventional.

He saves the lives of three complete strangers.

It's easy and it doesn't take him long.

Mr Brenner simply roles up his sleeves and donates blood at the Lismore Blood Donor Centre.

When the long-time donor turns 64 this Sunday he'll make his 175th donation.

It's a tradition Mr Brenner has kept going for three decades.

"It's a good thing to do and I don't have any side effects… and it saves so many lives," he said.

"If you're a donor yourself, you know that it's an easy process."

Mr Brenner said for those people who are considering donating but have never done it before "it's not as bad as you think."

"People are always a little worried about having needles jabbed into them but most of the time you hardly feel anything," he said.

Mr Brenner's birthday also happens to fall on the same day as the Bounty Street Lismore Blood Donor Centre's birthday.

Northern NSW community relations officer Marlene de Kock said the service needed about 25,000 blood donations per week in Australia.

"We really value donors like William," she said. "It's William's gift to us on our shared birthday."

Ms de Kock said donations were important in winter when stocks are low as people canceled their appointments.

 

BECOME A DONOR

To make an appointment with the Lismore Blood Donor Centre phone 13 14 95 or go to http://www.donateblood.com.au

The Lismore centre is open from noon to 7.30pm (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), 7am to 2pm (Tuesday and Friday) and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday.



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