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Shepparton blood donor reaches special milestone

Shepparton's Warren Goater recently donated his blood for the 150th time.

DARREN LINTON January 1, 2014 4:11am

Warren Goater has made 150 blood donations.

Warren Goater can’t remember exactly when he started giving blood, but at four times a year it is at least 37 years ago.

Mr Goater donated blood in Shepparton recently for the 150th time, so it is a matter of simple division to come up with an estimate.

‘‘It was on my birthday that I decided to do my 150th,’’ he said.

His first donation, when he was in his early 20s, came after noticing a Red Cross Blood Service billboard on a tram.

‘‘I saw the advert on a tram hoarding on the way to work and thought it was something I could do,’’ he said.

‘‘You have to give back to the community and donating blood is one of those altruistic things, you don’t know who you are doing it for — I think it has more meaning.’’

While he admits to not always looking forward to donating, it is still something he is committed to doing.

After years of giving, his faith in the need to donate blood was reaffirmed recently when the daughter of a friend needed regular transfusions.

‘‘It refocused me to think I need to keep doing it,’’ he said.

‘‘It is also a great health check; they monitor your blood levels and your blood pressure.’’

Mr Goater said he often thought about the lives he had helped, even saved, through the years — which is further motivation to keep donating blood.

And while he is dedicated to the cause and the benefits to the wider community of giving blood, Mr Goater has never been on the receiving end.

‘‘I’ve never needed it,’’ he said.

To donate blood, phone Shepparton Red Cross Blood Service on 131495. Donors can be aged 16 to 70 and all the details, including a simple online eligibility quiz, can be found at

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