Dubbo resident Thomas Skinner says his 50th blood donation snuck up on him.
Mr Skinner made his 50th donation in Dubbo on Friday, but it wasn't until he was in the process of booking it in that he realised it was a milestone.
"I honestly didn't think about it. I never really thought about the numbers until they said to me 'you'll be 50 next time'," he said.
Mr Skinner started donating blood a bit over 10 years ago.
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"I had a couple of friends who were doing it and I started doing it too. I'm now married to someone who works up at the blood bank at the hospital," he said.
"She explained the importance of it and how much product they use so I try and do it as often as possible."
Because his blood type is O-negative, Mr Skinner's blood can be given to anyone in need.
When he donates, he usually makes sure to check in on Facebook and tag any friends who he knows hasn't donated in a while.
"I try and tell as many people as possible to get in and get it done," he said.
"It doesn't hurt. It's the tiniest little prick for half a second and then you don't feel it. And it's for a great cause. They're always chasing the product and there's always a need for it with accidents and people who are having transfusions.
"It's something that costs you nothing but a bit of time and it can mean the world to someone else."
Lifeblood Dubbo manager Debbie Garden said she would like to thank Tom for "always donating what we need when we need it".
"By becoming a regular blood donor just like Tom, you will be helping one in three Australians who will need blood or blood product in their lifetime," Ms Garden said.
"Blood donation takes just one hour - it's such a short time spent saving three Australian lives."
To make an appointment, or learn more about donating, call 13 14 95 or visit lifeblood.com.au.