Robyn Murray at the blood donor awards at the Kalkie State School hall.
Robyn Murray at the blood donor awards at the Kalkie State School hall. Mike Knott BUNDON

Bloody big thank-you

EVERY fortnight for the past 50 years, Bundaberg woman Robyn Murray has donated her time, blood, platelets and plasma to improve and save lives of people she has never met.

Mrs Murray was one of 60 people recognised for their outstanding contributions to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service at a function on Friday night.

The milestone awards, held at Kalkie School, recognised people who had reached landmark figures in their donations.

Bundaberg Blood Donation Centre community relations officer Melinda Everett said people were recognised for donating from 50 times upwards.

“All up, those 60 people that were recognised have given 5200 donations,” Ms Everett said.

“Between the 60 of them, they have helped more than 15,000 people.”

Ms Everett said a recipient of the donations spoke at the event.

“She came and talked to us about the difference those donations had made in her life,” she said.

“This week is National Blood Donor week.

“For us, it’s about saying thank you to the people who gave the 1.3m donations.”

Ms Everett said while one in three people would need a blood donation in their life, just one in 30 donated.

Mrs Murray was the highest donor in the room, donating blood, platelets and plasma 350 times over the past 50 years.

“I started because I have very good health and I saw people who didn’t and I wanted to share my health with them,” she said.

“It’s something that is relatively easy to do.”

Mrs Murray said over the years, she had inspired plenty of friends and colleagues to donate.

“The staff at the blood bank are absolutely gorgeous,” she said.

“They will treat you like a prince or princess.

“It’s good because you’re getting a health check at the same time.”

To donate blood, phone 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.



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