Donors' major milestones
MILESTONE blood donors received official recognition from Gladstone Regional Council on Monday at a morning tea as part of National Blood Donor Week.
Gladstone Deputy Mayor and blood donor Gail Sellers said the council was happy to put on the annual morning tea as a means of expressing the community’s thanks.
“These individuals have done so much to save numerous lives throughout the years in which they have been donating,” she said.
Those Gladstone blood donors who were invited to the council morning tea had reached the milestone of either their 100th or 150th donation.
Gladstone Blood Donor Centre manager Margaret Black said National Blood Donor Week was meant to recognise donors and thank them for their commitment to giving blood.
“To make 100 and 150 donations is an amazing milestone,” she said.
Ms Black said it had taken more than 20 years for each donor to reach this milestone.
Jan Fortier said she had started giving blood in 1974.
Sharon and Douglas Stephens have managed to keep apace with each other to reach this milestone in the same year.
Stephen Lewis recalled that he had first given blood while he was a student at university as it was one way to get a steak burger for lunch. Joh Holmes started while he was in the navy.
One of the crew had a sick child and all rallied round to help.
Roy Jones has achieved a significant milestone of 150 donations and is a committed volunteer at the Donor Centre. Douglas Jones is a Gladstone donor who has recorded 186 whole blood donations.
He started when he joined the police force in Victoria.