Orange’s blood donors have been celebrated for their role in saving lives as part of National Blood Donor Week, with Greg Delaney reaching a milestone 250 donations.
Mr Delaney was among those recognised at an awards ceremony Orange Ex-Services’ Club on Tuesday for his efforts since the 1980s.
He said he started donating blood because of his parents.
“Dad in particular donated a fair bit and I took to it,” he said.
“I just got into a regular habit – there’s also the community service aspect, I see it as something that has to happen.”
The importance of donating hit home even more in 2006 when his son, Kaden, was killed in a car accident.
The Delaneys donated Kaden’s organs, but also organised blood drives in high schools to broaden awareness.
He said he was particularly grateful to his employer for giving him the flexibility to start work late on the days he donated.
During the past year, 2700 donors across Orange gave 8500 blood donations.
Each donation has the potential to save three lives – three products can be made from blood, while 18 can be made from plasma to treat a range of conditions, including autoimmune disorders.
To book, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au
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