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Friday January 29th, 2016

Posted at 8:34pm

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The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair is challenging other Rotarians around the region to donate blood, particularly in this time of critical blood shortages.

“The Rotary motto of ‘service above self’ truly applies here,” said Anna Jurak, the Rotarian who issued the challenge. “Blood donations save lives.” Jurak has donated over 160 times, and for the past two years, has invited friends, family, fellow Rotarians and the public to join her in helping to save lives.

The challenge will extend through February, with a special ‘Rotary Day’ being hosted on Saturday, February 13, whereby donors will enjoy food and punch following their donation. Friends and family of Rotarians are eligible to be counted as well. Simply book your appointment to donate and upon arriving, sign up for the Rotarian challenge at the door.

“Donating blood is one of the most direct ways to have a positive effect on someone’s life,” says Maureen Macfarlane, Territory Manager with Canadian Blood Services. “Less than 4% of the eligible population donates blood. Couple that with the constant need for blood due to its shelf life and you can see why challenges such as the Rotary Blood Donor Challenge are so important. They bring awareness to the community on the importance of donating blood and encourage those that have never donated before. We appreciate all that Rotary does for the community, they are true life savers.”

The Windsor Blood Donor Clinic is located at 3909 Grand Marais Rd. East, and has varied hours Tuesday through Saturday. Phone 1-888-2 DONATE or www.blood.ca to book an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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