Lyle Baker was thanked by Australia Red Cross Blood Service’s Trish James for 141 donations.
Lyle Baker was thanked by Australia Red Cross Blood Service’s Trish James for 141 donations. Supplied

A-plus honour for donor Lyle

HE’S your average Aussie bloke, except he saves lives during his spare time.

Rockhampton man Lyle Baker was yesterday honoured by the Australia Red Cross Blood Service for 141 donations.

As each needle prick he endures has the power to save three lives, he does it willingly.

Lyle reckons he is no flood hero, like his SES mate, he’s a blood hero.

And like many heroes, his tale had humble beginnings.

“I was afraid of needles so when I was 18 I went to donate blood to face my fears,” Lyle said.

“Then at first they started giving me reminders to come and donate and after that it became a habit.

“I decided this is something I can do to help so I kept doing it. I’ve been told I have good-looking veins.”

Lyle’s precious blood, A-negative, is held by 7% of the Australian population and hospitals are often in dire need of it.

Not only does he donate, he helps others as a volunteer at the Rockhampton Donor Centre.

World Blood Donor Day yesterday celebrated the special role blood donors played in the lives of others by volunteering just one hour of their time to help save a life.

About 3% of Australians provide more than 1.3 million blood donations to the Red Cross Blood Service every year, helping people battling cancer, trauma or to address complications in pregnancy.

Val Scriha is another Rocky man who has been making a big difference.

For the last 10 years he has co-ordinated a group of between 10 and 15 people from Stanwell power station to give regularly every 12 weeks.

Donor Centre manager Trish James said Val and Lyle’scommitments to blood donation are something to be admired.

“I hope that others will be inspired by their efforts and become blood donors,” Trish said.

GIVE BLOOD

One blood donation has the power to save three lives.

About 3% of Australians provide more than 1.3 million blood donations to the Red Cross Blood Service each year.

To donate blood call 131 495 or visit donateblood.com.au.



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