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Blood donor champions celebrated
Friends and former colleagues Peter Stephenson and Graeme Bee have both donated blood more than 150
Photo: Rohan Thomson
It s a service routine that has stuck.
Donating with a mate has been a
successful recipe for former
Australian Navy Defence colleagues
Peter Stephenson and Graeme Bee.
Mr Bee has made 189 donations
since 2001 at the Australian Red Cross
Blood Service in Garran and has made
donating a fortnightly commitment.
"When I heard they needed plasma
in 2002 I started doing that, which
allows me to do it more often," he said.
community. It isn t something that is
seen by many people but the recipients
of the plasma can t thank those that
Community relations officer Sally
Gavin said new donor numbers
continued to be steady but there had
been a recent uptick in interest during
National Blood Donor Week from July
26 -- August 1.
"We have had 71 new donors," she
said. "Each year in the ACT we collect
about 34,000 donations, which is an
So far in 2015, more than 7631 litres
of blood and plasma have been
donated in the ACT.
Donors were thanked as part of the
week s celebrations for hitting
significant individual donation
"We are really celebrating the
extraordinary and were able to thank
75 milestone donors," Mrs Gavin said.
"One man in the group had reached
600 donations. He s amazing because
he comes here from Bermagui and
does a seven-hour round trip to donate
While preparing to donate for the
161st time, Mr Stephenson said timing
his appointments with Mr Bee s had
kept him at it.
"Quite often we are not totally in
sync, but if we are in there donating at
the same time we have a good chat," he
"We are both now retired so it gives
us the ability to do something good
and catch up on a regular basis."
He said the biggest hurdle was
taking the first step to book in and give
it a go at the blood service or one of the
mobile blood units.
"If you re healthy enough and able
it s something we should all do," he
"I know it can be hard to get time
away from work, but giving up just
half an hour to donate really saves
lives. It s so worthwhile and you never
know when it might be you that needs
New technology opens door to the world previously slammed shut
Imagine if you needed to ask for help
but couldn t speak, write, point, or
control your hands.
How would you communicate?
This is a typical challenge faced by
some of the special needs kids at The
Unable to talk and with limited
motor skills, Grace Tillott, 7, generally
communicated by indicating yes or
no with her eyes.
But new eye-gaze technology
bought by the school with a $10,000
Telstra Kids Fund grant means Grace
is now able to communicate directly
for the first time in her life.
Surrounded by teachers and parents,
Grace controlled the cursor on the
iPad-like screen by shifting her gaze.
Darting her eyes between the drums
on the screen s digital drum-set, Grace
was the only controller of the music
She was amazing. She loves
music, and was playing it and looking
at us [as if to say], look at me .
It brought a tear to my eye. I was
crying, mum Janine said.
Residents get a
Residents at Isabella Gardens have
celebrated the opening of a
$3.6 million Club House for their area.
The Club House took eight months
to build and is considered a state of the
It includes a heated indoor pool and
gym, a sythetic bowling or putting
green, a baby piano, a billiards table, a
theatrette area, vegetable gardens as
well as a bar, kitchen, cafe and library.
The opening had Canberra entertainers
performing on stilts and dazzling the
crowd with magic tricks.
A picture on page 3 of The Chronicle
on Tuesday, July 28, was captioned
incorrectly. The boy in the photograph
was Dylan Arora, 7, and not Ollie
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