HE HAS saved up to 300 people in the past 35 years, but he doesn’t look like Superman.
Griffith’s Guido Tesser is, however, a true hero.
Last week, Mr Tesser was awarded for his 100th blood donation by the staff at Griffith Blood Bank.
Moving to Australia at 19 and starting on his quest in the mid-1970s to help fellow countrymen by donating, Mr Tesser was proud as punch as the nurses inserted the needle that signalled the beginning of lucky donation 100 last Wednesday.
“I’ve always given blood here, never missed an appointment,” he said.
“I’m very happy to be an Australian blood donor. I feel very proud.”
A life member of the Blood Bank, Mr Tesser was a particular favourite with staff as his blood is literally worth bottling.
“He’s O-negative, so that means his blood can go to anyone, so that’s even more significant,” donor centre manager Doreen Stinson said.
“He’s been faithful. I’ve been here 25 years and he’s been faithful four times a year – sometimes five times.
“The biggest issue is that there are not many Italians of his generation that have donated.
“Not only that, he’s begun and then he’s been committed to it, which has been great for us.”
With the never-ending fight to get enough blood reserves, Mrs Stinson urged people to roll up their sleeves to donate.
“We need faithful people like Guido to keep on keeping on.”