Residents challenged to donate blood
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TRY to tell David Campbell that you don't have time to donate blood, and you'll be met by fierce opposition.
Seven years ago Mr Campbell was knocked from his motorbike by a car, severing his leg and almost claiming his life.
Mr Campbell exhausted local blood supplies just to stay alive and today the thought of others coming as close to dying as he did is scary.
"It can happen to anyone, it's not meant to happen but it does and it happens so quickly,'' he said.
Mr Campbell had donated blood on a regular basis for six years prior to his accident, but it took just seconds for him to need much of that blood back.
"Who expects to lose a leg on the way home from work? I didn't, but it happened,'' Mr Campbell said.
"People think, 'nah it will never happen to me', but look it does'', Mr Campbell said displaying the artificial leg which has become a permanent part of his life.
Today Mr Campbell has a whole new outlook on life, the life that was almost taken away from him.
"It happened but there's nothing I can do about it,'' he said.
Instead Mr Campbell continues his push for local blood supplies, driving 100 kilometres every three months to boost local stocks, in case that proverbial bus is just around the corner.
"I pretty much cleaned out the local (blood) supplies and that was just one person in the accident, imagine if there was more than one accident; who dies, me or the guy next to me?'' Mr Campbell said.
Mr Campbell realises just how lucky he is to still be alive, not letting the loss of his leg get him down. He still drives his manual car and even rides the same bike he was riding in the accident, having rebuilt it after the smash.
Stories like Mr Campbell are commonplace all over our community, with everyday people needing the gift of blood donations every day.
For this reason The Observer is running 'Target 500', a Gladstonewide blood drive to try to collect 500 blood donations before the end of the year.
If you haven't already done so contact the local blood service today on 4976 3276 to arrange a time.
We are particularly targeting local businesses to organise blood drives with their staff.