Wagga's Blood Donor Centre celebrates 'Bloody Legends'

One Wagga man has been saving almost 20 lives every year for ten years. 

Saving lives: Wagga's Blood Bank staff are thanking donors like David Thomson during National Blood Donor Week with ‘Bloody Legend’ tattoos. Picture: Les Smith

Saving lives: Wagga's Blood Bank staff are thanking donors like David Thomson during National Blood Donor Week with ‘Bloody Legend’ tattoos. Picture: Les Smith

David Thomson was one of many blood donors thanked this week, as the centre celebrated more than 10,000 donations made in the past 12 months. 

He said donating was more than an “excellent way to get good milkshakes”.

“One-in-three people need blood but only one-in-10 donate,” Mr Thomson said. 

“I donate because I can.”

Donors literally wore their hearts on their sleeve as they donned bright red “Bloody Legend” tattoos, following their life-saving contributions. 

The temporary tattoos made a bold addition to the usual food and drink provided by blood service staff during National Blood Donor Week. 

Wagga’s Donor Centre manager Neil Wright said more than 3800 residents had contributed to a total 1.3 million national donations.

The Blood Bank’s celebrations will wrap up on Saturday, with more than 50 Wagga residents acknowledged at the Milestone Donor Recognition Event, hosted by Elements, Botanic Gardens.