Blood Donor pumped at helping others, Diamond Valley Leader

A BUNDOORA blood donor is urging the public to give blood in a time when donations are lacking.

Murray Burns is only the second person in Victoria to make 700 blood donations, the equivalent of saving more than 2000 lives in the past 44 years. “It’s about giving back to the community,” Mr Burns said. “You can help people who have serious health issues. “It’s a challenge, but it’s something I like to do.”

This week is National Blood Donor Week and Mr Burns said now was a good time to start contributing.

“If you’re available and capable, they (Red Cross) really do need your help,” he said.

In the past 12 months, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has collected 1.3 million blood donations from almost 500,000 donors across the country.

Service spokeswoman Tracey Ellis said donations slowed during winter when many donors were struck down with colds and the flu. She said Red Cross would like to see new donors to help maintain blood stocks.

To donate, call 13 14 95 or visit


(First published in the Diamond Valley Leader on June 13th 2017)



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