City of Kalamunda employee Theo Bekkers has given his 600th Blood donation today, 20 December 2017. Theo first gave blood in 1964.
“My mother made me do it. She lived in Northam and they had a bus come up every few months.”
“My mum was a volunteer in the red cross. She would organise the list and the appointments for when the red cross arrived.”
“When I started giving whole blood it was pretty primitive, and they would keep it in bottles.”
“You can only give whole blood 4 times a year.”
“I then started giving plasma, which use to take for ever. It had to be separated, and was a long process. It use to take about 3 hours at a time.”
Theo has given blood in London, US and once in NSW, he has given all types with whole blood, plasma and platelets donated to help others in need.
A Lower Chittering resident, Theo is currently in his 4th season as a Fire Inspector at the City of Kalamunda. Theo will turn 75 next month in January 2018, and this is his 53rd year of donating blood.
“There is a greater need to give blood, I would encourage others to please take the time.”
“Every donation saves 3 lives. You can give blood until you are 81 years old in Australia.”
Theo is a father of three, with 7 grandchildren – two of whom have already commenced giving blood as well. All of Theo’s Children have given blood.
Well done Theo.
Involved in Bushfire since he moved to Chittering about 18 years ago, after spending a good part of his career working as a computer engineer. Theo installed the Western Australian Governments first every computer in 1968 for the State Treasury. Theo has also taught adult literacy for many years.
People of all walks of life need blood products. Some need it to get them through a serious event in their lives, like cancer or a difficult pregnancy. Others have medical conditions which mean they need blood products regularly to stay alive or be healthy. There are about five litres of blood in the human body and it's made up of several useful components.
You may be able to donate whole blood, plasma or platelets. Each type of blood donation is used for different medical treatments, and your blood type determines the best donation for you to make.
It is particularly important for donations to continue over the Christmas period, so please consider giving blood today. For more information and to get involved go to: www.donateblood.com.au