Julianne is bleeding donations to save lives nationwide

Julianne Townsend has given blood 100 times and she still can’t look at the needle going in her arm.

Give blood: Dubbo Blood Donor Centre's Debbie Garden, donor Julianne Townsend and blood recipient Marty Paice.

Give blood: Dubbo Blood Donor Centre's Debbie Garden, donor Julianne Townsend and blood recipient Marty Paice.

The Dubbo resident gave her one-hundredth donation of blood on Friday at the Dubbo Blood Donor Centre.

“I’ve just never been able to look, but I don't let that stop me,” she said.

Ms Townsend has regularly donated blood for more nearly ten years.

“When I came back to Dubbo in 2009 I had a work colleague who did it and I just thought I’d like to donate blood again, as I had before I left,” she said.

“I donated whole blood every three months but then I noticed someone donating plasma and got curious, so I asked and I have been donating plasma monthly ever since if possible.”

Ms Townsend said donating helps people and that is enough reason to continue to do it.

“I do know that my small donation helps people and saves lives, I can save three lives with one donation, so what I get out of it is knowing that I am helping people,” she said.

“I found out from a doctor the areas that the blood can be used for and I realised how valuable it is.

“I have a very good vein in my left arm that they target every time so I have no problem giving, I have a very noticeable scar there now, but I wear it with pride.”

Ms Townsend met Dubbo Police Officer Marty Paice on Friday, a man who has needed blood sourced from donations to get well.

“It was fantastic to meet Marty; It was very good to put a human face to the process,” she said.

“I was humbled to meet Jules because I wouldn't have recovered as well if it wasn’t for people like her,” Mr Paice said. 

“I am told it took 60 people that took time to donate to make me well. It was great to meet the people that give, they are always just normal people.

“My message would be that it is a great thing to donate, you never know who you will save, it could be a loved one, could be a stranger, I never thought it would be me, so if I could encourage people to donate because if you do you are saving someone's life.”