Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeve like Doug

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeve like Doug

Article excerpt

I AM in total awe of Doug Jones.

In December, the 80-year-old gave his last blood donation after about 53 years of rolling up his sleeve every three months.

Like many others, he started donating through work and hasn't looked back.

Every three months he has turned up at the blood donor centre, sat in a chair for a half hour while his blood was collected, then had a chat and a cuppa with the volunteers.

It doesn't sound like too hard a task does it?

Unfortunately donating blood is often put on the back-burner or put aside for a month or so, which can often turn into years.

Or people might be squeamish about the blood or needles. Valid fears, but who knows, maybe they can be easily conquered?

Sadly, the call for blood donors Co both new and existing donors Co is something we hear quite often. …

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