GREG Howard is living proof how blood donors save lives.
As a six-year-old he started haemorrhaging after complications during a routine operation, and a blood transfusion invariably saved his life.
On Monday, he was at the mobile blood bank giving his usual three month donation, knowing that it will make all the difference for someone else.
Mr Howard who has been giving blood for 29 years, said he initially became involved in the blood bank through his former employer Containers Packaging.
“All my colleagues put their names down, and so did I,” he said.
“I now make a blood donation every three months.”
Mr Howard said giving to the blood bank was a great way to help others.
“The main reason I initially became involved was because, as a six-year-old I needed a blood transfusion.
“I had my tonsils and adenoids out and there was some type of complication, I was haemorrhaging badly and needed a blood transfusion.
“It was great someone was able to help me,” he said.
The mobile Blood Bank is operating from McDonald’s rear car park this week, and the Blood Bank is still urgently seeking donors.
Registered nurse with the Blood Bank Therese Goodacre, said there was severe shortage of red cells, which are specifically used in trauma cases.
Sr Goodacre said there were still plenty of sessions available this week.
Sr Goodacre encouraged people to contact the Blood Bank on 131 495 and book in a time.
The Blood Mobile Service will be operating today 9.15am until 3.30pm, Thursday 9.15am until 3.30pm and Friday 9.15am until 1.45pm.