Safety Bay man Peter Ware named second-highest plasma donor in the State

Indigo Lemay-ConwaySound Telegraph
Peter Ware celebrated his 650th plasma donation on January 11.
Camera IconPeter Ware celebrated his 650th plasma donation on January 11. Credit: Indigo Lemay-Conway/Sound Telegraph

A Safety Bay man has celebrated his 650th plasma donation last week, the second most donations in the State’s history.

Peter Ware, 71, first started donating plasma in 1968 after his friend decided to donate blood and suggested he tagged along.

“When I first started work, a friend said he was going along to donate and asked why didn’t I come along; the rest is pretty much history,” Mr Ware said.

“I’ve missed a few because I was away or sick, but I’ve been donating since 1968.”

Donating plasma is a lot like donating blood. You sit in a chair while a special machine draws blood from your arm and separates the blood out to collect the plasma. Once the plasma is collected, your blood is then returned to you during the donation.

Mr Ware said the process was painless and had become a normal routine for him.

“I just come in, chat, read, get a needle stuck in me and chat some more. It is pretty great and the staff here make it an awesome experience,” he said.

“I only used to donate once every three months when I first started, so it was only four times a year, but as things have changed over time I now donate once every fortnight, alternating with donating platelets too.

“I’ve definitely still got a few years left in me though. I want to make it to being number one in the State.”

Mr Ware said donating plasma had been very rewarding and was even told his donation was once used in an emergency operation.

“I’ve had a few times where they’ve said my blood is going straight to the hospital that afternoon. They told me one time that my blood was used as part of an operation, which was really good to know,” he said.

“They reckon each donation of plasma is good for about three different people, so that takes mine up to almost 2000 people helped and that’s not something I could do apart from by giving blood.

“For anyone thinking of donating, I’ll say in the words of the sporting shoe manufacturers: just do it, it is worthwhile and saves people.”

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