Denise’s 150th blood donation to Red Cross
WHEN Denise Brazier first went to donate blood, the nurse had trouble finding the veins, and asked if Ms Brazier would like to still give blood.
"I said yes I still want to give blood so I was determined not to give up and keep going," she said.
That dedication paid off, and last week Ms Brazier celebrated her 150th donation, which marked the completion of a life-long goal.
"I started in 1974, when I was 19 years old," she said.
Ms Brazier's blood type is RH negative, which is one of the more uncommon blood types, and has gone on to save 153 lives across Australia.
"I don't know who's got it," she said.
"Maybe you've got it, maybe my neighbour's got it, but donating blood is something I do and I'm very proud to give blood."
Yesterday Ms Brazier's employment consultants Key Employment held a celebration to recognise her achievement.
"It's been a life goal of hers and we've said from day one that once she achieves the milestone we will celebrate with her," Ms Brazier's consultant Marcel Koning said.
"It's a very special occasion and obviously it takes a lot of time to reach this milestone, so it opened my eyes to the commitment.
"After 40-odd years of doing it, she wanted to hit 150 and now that she's done that she said that's it, so now she is a little bit sad she's not giving blood, but she's had a good span at it.
"We just wanted to give some credit for what she has done."
Mr Koning said Ms Brazier was a fighter, and he is pleased to see her achieve what she has.
"It's such a good thing she has done for the community, donating blood for so long, it's good to celebrate with her," he said.