World donates to memory of teenager
A COFFS Coast teenager who inspired hundreds of people worldwide to give blood will be honoured next month when the blood collection rooms he frequented so often are renamed in his memory.
Dedicated blood donor and former school captain of Macksville High, Peter Argent was 19 years old when he tragically died in a skateboarding accident in October 2008.
Since his death, hundreds of people across the world have been inspired to give blood through the bpositive4pete campaign, started by his family.
“We were overwhelmed by the amount of people wanting to help us,” Peter's mother, Kerri, said. “The one thing we decided to ask was that people make a donation of blood in memory of Pete, to continue what he started.”
The result was a significant increase in the number of people donating blood at the Macksville Blood Collection Rooms, which led the Red Cross to suggest the rooms be dedicated to Peter.
The Peter Argent Memorial Blood Collection Rooms will be officially opened on April 24 by Mr Paul Holding, the principal of Macksville High School, where Peter was a former school captain.