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Ian

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On Friday last (10 Nov 06)  I made a regular visit to the Blood Bank for a plasma donation but this time I took in my Santa suit and dressed up so the Centre could do some promotional work. It went well, they got some good photos and I got to see my ugly mug on the nightly news!

Here are some of the photos that were taken:
Being prepared for the Donation
Visiting with other Donors
With one of the staff members

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Ian

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Thanks Mike and Ron, and Tom for fixing up the link error ;)
I have been a blood donor since the early 70s but only just reached the 25 donations milestone because you don't donate if you are unwell or under some medication. I now donate whole blood every 12 weeks and in between that I try to give plasma. I can give plasma fortnightly so long as I leave a 4 week buffer either side of the whole blood appointment.
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I cannot emphasise strongly enough, IF you are healthy, IF you don't have problems in your circulation system, then please consider being a regular Blood Donor. It is only a small needle, it really doesn't (shouldn't) hurt, it will take about an hour or so and the contribution you are making to help save the lives of others is priceless!
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Daisy

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Ian:

It was a donation of two pints of blood that helped save my life one year ago and I am alive and well to tell about it.  I whole heartedly thank you and each and every other donor for their contributions.  Unfortunately, I am unable to return the favor, but readily give monetary donations for the same.  Keep up the good work and God Bless!!!!!

Daisy
 

Ian

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Thanks Daisy, there are not that many activities where you know you are making a difference to others. One is being part of a service organisation such as Scouts or Guides. Another is being a Blood Donor. While you might never hear how you helped somebody you know that what you are giving will end up helping somebody, and it just might be somebody in a situation like yours where it saved a life. What better activity could there be than that?

That's why I am a participant, it is also why I am on the Bone Marrow Registry (at least till I turn 55), if I get called in to donate my marrow I know it is going to hurt like crazy but I also know that I am the one thing left between them and death, and no amount of pain can stop me doing what I can to help.
 
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