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Blood Donors Needed as Summer Inventory Slides

Blood Donors Needed as Summer Inventory Slides

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A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal, Thursday, November 29, 2012. Canadian Blood Service is in need of 115,000 donations by Labour Day. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Canadian Blood Services put out an urgent call for 60,000 donors by July 1, but the need for blood is never-ending.

Cancer patients, accident victims, and people with blood disorders rely on blood transfusions every day.

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Canadian Blood Services Urges Winnipeg Donations

Canadian Blood Services Urges Winnipeg Donations

By Sarah Klein

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A new study suggests freshly donated blood is not better than older blood when it is transfused into severely ill patients. A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal, Thursday, November 29, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

WINNIPEG — Canadian Blood Services has put the call out for local blood donations, which are used by hundreds of Canadian hospitals for patient care.

“Patients waiting for a transplant often need blood and blood products before and in some cases, even after the transplant,” said Susan Matsumoto, donor relations director of the prairie region.

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Blue Bombers Holding Blood Donation Drive

Blue Bombers Holding Blood Donation Drive

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoDonate blood? Get two tickets to Saturday’s Bombers game.

The football club has teamed up with Canadian Blood Services to hold a blood drive today at 777 William Avenue.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., anyone who shows up to roll up their sleeve and donate will receive two tickets to the next home game at Investors Group Field as the Bombers host the Toronto Argonauts (while quantities last).

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Pride Winnipeg Partners for Ally Blood Donor Clinic

Pride Winnipeg Partners for Ally Blood Donor Clinic

By David Klassen

Canadian Blood ServicesAn upcoming blood donor clinic in Winnipeg will raise awareness about the men who have had sex with men policy (MSM).

The Ally Blood Donor Clinic is a partnership between Pride Winnipeg and Canadian Blood Services. The clinic encourages eligible individuals (the ally) to donate blood on behalf of MSM individuals.

“While the MSM policy is seen as controversial amongst the LGBTTQ* community, Pride Winnipeg will continue to work with CBS on finding a way in which MSM individuals whom are not practicing high risk activities can donate blood in Canada,” said Jonathan Niemczak, president of Pride Winnipeg.

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Slow It Down — Blood Donors Not in High Demand

Slow It Down — Blood Donors Not in High Demand

By Roger Currie

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(Blood donation image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — The history of blood in Canada is quite fascinating, and in recent days it has taken a very interesting turn. For decades, this country was the envy of the world. The Red Cross was hugely respected, and they were responsible for collecting blood from an army of volunteer donors. It was safe and reliable, and there always seemed to be enough to supply our medical needs.

Then came the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s and 90s. Many hemophiliacs and others died or became horribly ill after receiving blood that came from very bad places, like prisons in Arkansas when Bill Clinton was the governor. The Red Cross got out of the blood business, and Canadian Blood Services was created.

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Greater Need for Blood Donations During the Summer

By Sarah Klein

Canadian Blood ServicesA drop in blood donations during the summer has Canadian Blood Services urging Canadians to roll up their sleeves.

“With the holiday falling mid-week this year, we’re seeing fewer appointments booked and a higher number of cancellations around Canada Day,” said Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations. “This is particularly challenging because many regular donors are planning to take an extra-long weekend.”

CBS says more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months, increasing the need for blood to help save the life of someone involved in a car crash.

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App Makes Donating Blood More Convenient

By Tyler Sutherland

Canadian Blood ServicesA new smartphone app allows blood donors to quickly and easily schedule a donation appointment and find the nearest location to do so.

The GiveBlood app (iTunes) is from Canadian Blood Services and is available now in the App Store and in Google Play.

“It takes many donors to save a life — as many as five donors to help just one person in cancer treatment,” said Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations. “The GiveBlood App makes it faster and easier for donors to rally around patients, especially during Blood Signal. We’re embracing new technology to make it more convenient for donors to connect with us.”

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Poor Weather Hampers Blood Donations

By Tyler Sutherland

Canadian Blood ServicesCanadian Blood Services is in need of 31,000 donations over the next three weeks to make up for cancelled clinics due to extreme weather in late December.

“It’s been a stormy start to 2014. While we’ve weathered the storm by leveraging our national reserves to ensure patient needs are met, we now need Canadians to help replenish national supplies by booking an appointment and giving blood in January,” said Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations.

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Blood Drive to Rally Donations at Red River College

Canadian Blood ServicesA blood donation drive in support of Canadian Blood Services will rally students and community members to roll up their sleeves on Friday at Red River College.

PR majors in the Creative Communications program are organizing the second annual Rally For Red Radiothon, with a goal of having 75 people donate blood that day. The number also marks the college’s 75th anniversary, which it’s celebrating this year.

The drive will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside the Roblin Centre, 160 Princess Street.

The radiothon will also stream live on Red River Radio from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., featuring stories from people who have received blood, dedicated blood donors and first-time donors.

7,000 Blood Donations Needed in Manitoba

Canadian Blood ServicesCanadian Blood Services is renewing its call for blood donations between now and Labour Day in Manitoba.

CBS forecasts a need for 51,000 appointments across the country, including 7,000 in Manitoba. The slower summer months and constant hospital demand has also put a strain on the supply.

Blood Signal clinics will run the month of August in select locations and continue until September 3. The Blood Signal is a call to action for Canadians to rally together and book a blood donation when the need is greatest.

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