Winston Dantu has given 101 blood donations and will be honoured during National Blood Donors Week.
Winston Dantu has given 101 blood donations and will be honoured during National Blood Donors Week. John Gass

Winston stars in 101 donations

A MUDGEERABA man is celebrating a century but he won't receive a telegram from Her Majesty, nor has he lived 100 years on this planet.

That's because Winston Dantu is being recognised for 101 blood donations.

Red Cross will pay tribute to him next week as part of National Blood Donor Week.

The 71-year-old B-negative donor said he had donated blood regularly for 20 years.

“The greatest reward is giving blood and knowing you have helped save three lives with every donation,” he said.

“Blood is one of those things that costs you nothing to give except an hour of your time, and yet it is so important to saving the lives of cancer patients, trauma victims, people on dialysis, and unborn babies.”

And for those squeamish types, Mr Dantu said there was nothing to fear.

“When we first gave blood they gave a local anaesthetic,” he said, “but not any more.”

“I've never even felt dizzy after giving blood.”

He has started a new family tradition. “My daughter and grandson give blood too. He started at the age of 14 and now he's 18.”

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke paid credit to the 114 Gold Coast residents who will be honoured.

“It is a chance for all of us to say ‘thank you' to those Australians who show such dedication to this selfless, life-saving act,” he said.

To give blood visit donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.



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