Canberran Neville Tomkins donates blood record times at Lifeblood Civic Blood Donor Center | Canberra Times

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For most of the last 46 years, Neville Tomkins has woken up early every other Tuesday, snuck up his sleeve and psyched himself up in a few minutes of discomfort. The ritual journey to the blood bank and his decades of generosity have led to him becoming the first Canberran to donate blood 500 times – and one of only 100 Australians to do so. Sir. Tomkins reached the milestone of the Civic Blood Donor Center on Monday amid calls for more people to step forward as the Omicron wave leads to high cancellation rates. Just last week, the Red Cross reduced the waiting time to donate after recovery from infection from 28 days to seven. “I know donors are considered the heroes, the real heroes, for me, those who are in the hospital, who are fighting cancer, who are struggling with serious trauma, and they are so dependent on people like me giving something that they give. do not have, “said Mr. Tomkins. It is estimated that one in three Australians needs blood or a blood product during their lifetime. Tomkins said he had never expected to reach the milestone, but he had been inspired to continue donating by a young girl who was the same age as his daughter. “I had planned to retire at my 200th donation and at the event that the Red Cross put on, my wife and I heard from a recipient of plasma and blood, and she stated that if it were not for us as donors , she did not want to be alive. ” The 63-year-old, who is prominent in the ACT and NSW Scouts, said it was a privilege and an honor to be able to donate blood and that he felt an obligation to help others wherever he could. He was also joined by his son Matt, who has donated blood since he was eligible and was eager to catch up with his father’s milestone. “It’s a pretty nice thing that Dad and I can do together. I’ve always been very impressed with his level of care for society and philanthropy and have always wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Matt said. Tomkins has been donating blood since 1976, when he moved from remote Queensland to Canberra to study at ANU, where he heard from visiting Red Cross volunteers during Orienteering Week. “The staff becomes part of the family, part of your extended family, and it’s such a healthy, positive, welcoming environment that I’m actually looking forward to it without pain. I’m actually looking forward to seeing our extended family. Lifeblood spokesman Felix Palmer thanked Tomkins and said Canberra needed more people to become regular donors. Tomkins is a well-known and much-loved character at the Civic Blood Donor Center, “he said.” Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. How to continue accessing our trusted content:


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