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His 92 litres of plasma have helped save more than 300 lives

HUGE EFFORT: Eastern Heights resident Gavin Maxwell will receive an award for donating more than 100 times to the Red Cross blood bank.
HUGE EFFORT: Eastern Heights resident Gavin Maxwell will receive an award for donating more than 100 times to the Red Cross blood bank. Rob Williams

A LIFE punctuated with skydiving adventures, scuba-diving, military service and volunteering for St John Ambulance certainly provides a bit of perspective.

While Eastern Heights dad Gavin Maxwell is a bit of an adrenaline junkie - having completed more than 500 parachute jumps - he also has his feet firmly grounded when it comes to considering the needs of others.

His experience in helping nurse injured patients during his time with St John served as a vivid reminder of the constant need for blood donations.

Since first putting the hand up to hand over his blood to the Red Cross in 1988, Mr Maxwell has provided a staggering 92 litres of plasma.

"I was with St John Ambulance for 10 years, and we got to see a few people hurting themselves at shows and racing tracks," he said.

"You soon realise that people need blood."

Mr Maxwell will be one of 200 south-east Queenslanders to be recognised by the Red Cross Blood Service as part of National Blood Donor Week, this week.

Recently surpassing 100 blood donations, it is estimated that Mr Mawell's generosity has helped save the lives of more than 300 other Australians.

National Blood Donor Week is a celebration of Australia's 500,000 blood donors.

To become a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.

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