Charlottetown man makes 100th blood donation

Nigel Armstrong
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Brandon Wu, a phlebotomist with the Canadian Blood services in Charlottetown prepares Paul Trewin for his blood donation Monday night. Trewin, who lives in Charlottetown and is a retired Vetran Affairs Canada employee, has donated blook 100 times.

Paul Trewin has saved 300 lives with a special, anniversary blood donation Monday in Charlottetown.

Every blood donation gets used to support three patients in need, so his 100th donation at the Canadian Blood Services office on Fitzroy Street had a positive multiplier.

“I started when I was 18, a student in Montreal and I thought it was a fairly simple thing to do and I thought to save people’s lives was a pretty cool thing,” he said while making his way through the clinic Monday.

“They just promoted it at Vanier College,” said Trewin. “ They said the blood donor clinic would be in the lobby and I had just turned 18 so I could legally give blood so I though it sounds like a good thing to do.”

Now age 62 and retired from Veterans Affairs Canada in Charlottetown, he plans to keep donating six times a year as long as they let him.

“Needles never bothered me,” said Trewin. “I was very fortunate in that respect. There are so many people that can’t give blood because of their health or because they are squeamish about blood or they have complications after they give blood, but it’s simple for me.

“There is a small little pin prick that lasts a millisecond,” he said of the experience.

Trewin lives in Charlottetown with his wife Heather and their two children.

Trewin has in the past lived in Ottawa, Bellville, Ont. and Halifax before settling in Charlottetown. It was occasionally hard to know where or when he could make a blood donation,.

He tried, but it wasn’t consistent, until he came across permanent clinics, like the one in Charlottetown.

Now he donates every 56 days and with each donation, Canadian Blood Services staff book in his next appointment in the proper time.

Trewin has no reaction to the procedure, he said. Donors stay lying down after a donation for 10 minutes, then are invited to have a snack in the lunchroom.

“How often can you do something that you are guaranteed to save a life, and that is what giving blood is all about,” said Trewin. “It’s a fairly simple thing for the small little pin prick. Weigh that against saving a life, it’s a pretty simple decision.”

Organizations: Vanier College, Canadian Blood Services, Veterans Affairs Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Fitzroy Street, Montreal Ottawa Bellville Halifax Charlottetown.Now

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