News

Gift of life is in Bruces veins

Bruce and his wife Dawn are calling for people to donate blood and help save lives.
Bruce and his wife Dawn are calling for people to donate blood and help save lives. Scottie Simmonds

GIVING blood was second nature to Bruce Smith, but he never thought a blood donation would save his life.

Mr Smith started to give blood to the Australian Red Cross at 16 years old and maintained the tradition throughout his life.

Three years ago, he felt the full weight of the importance of donating.

In 2007, he was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma, a disease that would have killed him had it not been for many blood and plasma transfusions.

“It took 14 months and 12 rounds of chemotherapy and a stem-cell harvest and stem-cell transplant,” he said.

“I was in such a poor condition they had to give me blood.”

Mr Smith was in remission by November 2008.

“I never thought I would need blood,” he said.

Mr Smith always knew he was doing a good deed each time he offered his arm.

“At the end of it, it helped to save my life,” he said.

“But along the way it’s helped a lot of people.”

National Blood Donor Week starts tomorrow and, while Mr Smith is no longer able to give blood after his diagnosis, he is urging others to help save lives.

The awareness week aims to remind people who haven’t given blood this year that there is a critical need for more donors.

“I encourage everyone, but in particular the younger people, to get involved,” he said.

“It doesn’t take much time, and you never know – it could be your own life you are saving.”

Bundaberg will have numerous events throughout the week to raise awareness for National Blood Donor Week.

A red dress run will take place down the main street, finishing at Hinkler Central on Thursday, followed by a ceremony to mark donors’ milestones on Friday.

Red Cross Blood Service community relations team leader Krystal Lopez said she hoped stories like Mr Smith’s would inspire people to roll up their sleeves.

“Donation levels can drop to critical levels in winter due to colds and flu and we need as many new donors as we can get,” she said.

“You never know when it could be you or a loved one in need of an emergency blood transfusion.”

One in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, but only one in 30 people donate.

 

Gary's transplant like a lottery win

 

GARY Spann likens his kidney transplant seven years ago to winning Lotto.

Mr Spann, 66, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when he was 27 — but it was no surprise.

His six brothers have all been diagnosed with the same genetic disease and all but one had successful transplants.

His brother Mervyn was not so lucky. He died while waiting for a suitable organ.

Mr Spann said every person could give the gift of life, simply by signing to

become an organ donor.

The Kidney Awareness Campaign starts today with Bundaberg’s Kidney Support Network highlighting the importance of prevention and early detection of

kidney disease.

One in three Australians is at risk of developing some form of kidney

disease.

As part of the Kidney Support Network’s campaign, free health checks and information will be available at the CBD pavilion from 8.30am to 1.30pm.



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

OPINION: It's time to stand up for the older people in our community

DON'T CARE: Closing beds at Millbank Village is ludicrous, says one reader.

What is happening with our health care system

Three news subscriptions and a free paper for $3 - saywhat?!

No Caption

FORGET everything you thought you knew about a great deal.

WIN a fishing trip, $5000 BCF voucher and get free stuff

Want to catch one of these big fellas!? Get your name into our competition to win the ultimate fishing holiday!

WERE running a stack of reely incredible giveaways!

Local Partners

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

Sports gods answer your summer prayers with this line-up

The Brisbane Roar are on track for an entertaining season.

SO MUCH live action is happening in Brisbane this summer!

Matthew McConaughey wrongly used as medical example

Doctor tried to steal credit for McConaughey's hair treatment

Bundaberg market set for "steady growth” in 2017

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 9.6% to $249,000 and the median unit price fell 10.2% to $260,500 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 9.6% to $249,000 in three months

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Bundy hotel on the market for a cool $8.5m

FOR SALE: The Burnett Riverside Motel has gone on the market, with a price guide of more than $8 million.

Premier hotel up for sale for more than $8m

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!