Giving Blood Encouraged This Remembrance Day

Tuesday November 8th, 2016

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To commemorate Remembrance Day, Canadian Blood Services encourages more Canadians to give life by donating blood – a gift in honour of the contributions of the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces, they say.

Members of the armed forces are themselves some of the most generous donors, according to Canadian Blood Servicds.

In 2006, the Department of National Defence became Canadian Blood Services first national Partner for Life organization. Since then, they have provided more than 30,000 blood donations to our national blood supply.

In 2016, National Defence is aiming to contribute at least 600 new donors and 6,000 donations from Canadian Armed Forces and civilian employees across the country. Besides pledged support, partners can also adopt specific clinics, arrange group donations, and help raise awareness of the need for donors.

“There are many different ways to serve your country. Canadians can contribute by working in the line of duty like our members of the Canadian Armed Forces, or by rolling up their sleeves to help patients in hospitals across Canada,” says Michael Betel, director of donor relations in the Ontario region. “We need more Canadians to experience the feeling you get from serving your country and saving a life.”

This year alone, 100,000 new donors are needed across the country; that’s up markedly from the 85,000 new donors who have been stepping forward the last few years. The increased need for new donors is in part due to recent updates to donation rules addressing travel and health-related matters.

Donors in Windsor can give life by visiting a clinic this week, making blood donation a part of their regular activities, and inviting family and friends to donate with them in support of those who protect our lives every day.

To book an appointment, use the Give Blood App or visit blood.ca.

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