Blood donor just keeps on giving
REX Holloway has been donating blood to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for more than 50 years and he is not stopping any time soon.
"Donating blood started as a bit of a dare from a couple of my mates when I was 18,” Mr Holloway said.
"Back then donating was a little daunting, nothing like it is now, and once I started I realised what a difference it can make to people's lives, so I just kept giving.”
A community-minded gentleman, Rex is not only a regular blood donor, clocking up more than 400 visits to give blood, plasma and bone marrow, he is also a volunteer with Community Transport.
"I'll keep donating until they tell me to stop. It is a little act of kindness that anyone can do. I would encourage anyone who is healthy and fit to roll up their sleeve and do the same.
"I am also very proud to say that I am not the only volunteer from the Community Transport Company to donate. It is very pleasing to see other volunteers helping out,” he said.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service donor centre manager John Sullivan said he was grateful to people like Rex and other volunteers who donate blood and plasma on a regular basis.
"It doesn't take long and the personal satisfaction is very rewarding for people. We rely on people coming in on a regular basis to keep up supply,” he said.
"There are, however, certain times of the year that supply drops off, and coming into the winter months is one of them.”