Alan hangs up his donor card with impressive tally of 133
ALAN Schiefelbein can't remember how long ago he began donating blood.
The Maryborough man has been doing it for so many decades, he has racked up a mammoth 133 whole-blood donations - helping to save the lives of almost 400 people.
Mr Schiefelbein won't be able to donate any longer after marking his 81st birthday yesterday and is calling on others to face the needle in his place.
"I was only a late starter," he said. "I might have missed the odd one or two."
Mr Schiefelbein, born in 1933, managed to slip in his final 133rd donation last week before reaching the cut-off age yesterday.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service is running a campaign, to start some friendly competition between Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
The Borough vs the Bay blood drive aims to get as many new donors as possible signing up in both cities.
Blood service spokes- woman Rebecca Ind said more than 2000 donations were needed across the Maryborough and Hervey Bay centres during April and May.
"We know all Mary- borough and Hervey Bay businesses are generous and want to know which area in particular is more so."
She urged anyone who may have previously not been eligible to donate and even those a bit nervous around the needles to consider signing up.
"It really doesn't hurt. The longest part is the paperwork and eating the food after."
Go to donateblood.com.au or phone 131 495 to book an appointment at a donor centre.