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Donor shows he cares by giving blood

GENEROUS: Eastern Heights resident Gavin Maxwell picks up an award for more than 100 donations to the Red Cross Blood Bank.
GENEROUS: Eastern Heights resident Gavin Maxwell picks up an award for more than 100 donations to the Red Cross Blood Bank. Rob Williams

A LIFE punctuated with skydiving adventures, scuba-diving, military service and volunteering for St John Ambulance certainly provides a bit of perspective.

While Eastern Heights dad Gavin Maxwell is a bit of an adrenalin junkie - having completed more than 500 parachute jumps - he also has his feet firmly grounded when it comes to considering the needs of others.

His experience in helping nurse injured patients during his time with St John served as a vivid reminder of the constant need for blood donations.

Since first putting his hand up to donate his blood to the Red Cross in 1988, Mr Maxwell has provided a staggering 92 litres of plasma to the cause.

"I was with St John Ambulance for 10 years, and we got to see a few people hurting themselves at shows and racing tracks," he said.

"You soon realise that people need blood."

The sales representative will be one of 200 south-east Queenslanders to be recognised by the Red Cross Blood Service this week as part of National Blood Donor Week.

Recently surpassing 100 blood donations, it is estimated that Mr Maxwell's generosity has helped save the lives of more than 300 other Australians.

Blood Service spokeswoman Bernadette Dias said Mr Maxwell's donations had potentially improved the lives of hundreds, including new mothers, cancer patients and people undergoing emergency surgery.

National Blood Donor Week is a celebration of Australia's 500,000 blood donors, who together made more than 1.3 million donations over the past year.

To become a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.


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