O-positive about donations

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Geraldine’s Jack McLeay is not afraid to roll his sleeve up to support the New Zealand Blood Service. ‘ I’ll probably try to keep doing it for as long as I can because I see it as giving back to the
community ‘
The year 13 Geraldine High School pupil was among the donors who gave blood when the service visited the town this week.
It was the third time he had given his O+ blood to the cause, which he had supported since he was 16.
‘‘Anybody can use it,’’ he said, of his blood type.
‘‘So, that’s really good.’’
For Jack, giving blood was his way of giving back.
‘‘I learned a bit of background from my family,’’ he said, after giving blood for the first time, three years ago.
‘‘My mum was really proud of me for doing it because when she had me she had to have a C-section.
‘‘She had to get a lot of blood donated to her.’’
Jack’s aunt had also relied on the service, which added to his determination to donate year after year.
Knowing his blood could save lives was motivating, and giving blood took just a few minutes, he said.
‘‘Give it a go,’’ he said.
Staff were caring and looked after donors while they gave blood, he said.
‘‘Even if you try it once, good on you — that’s how I see it.’’
Nationally, 42,000 people each year rely on blood and blood product donations and Jack planned to remain one of those donors for as long as he could.
‘‘I’ll probably try to keep doing it for as long as I can because I see it as giving back to the community.’’ – The New Zealand Blood Service will be collecting blood in Geraldine on Tuesday, which is World Blood Donor Day. It was in Timaru yesterday and will return to Timaru on August 10-11.