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Goldeyes, Local Media to Create ‘Blood Drop’ on Sunday

June 11, 2011 7:48 AM | News

By David Klassen

Following Sunday’s Winnipeg Goldeyes game against Kansas City at Shaw Park, members of the baseball club, Canadian Blood Services and local media will gather on the field to form a giant “blood drop.”

The initiative leading up to National Blood Donor Week in Manitoba is being organized by Canadian Blood Services.

Participants will wear red to build awareness of the importance of blood, plasma, platelet and stem cell donations, and encourage more Canadians to give blood — especially during the summer months.

About 70 Winnipeg Goldeyes players, coaches and club staff will be involved in creating one giant blood drop. This represents the number of blood donors needed to help 14 patients undergoing heart surgery, nine patients with internal bleeding or help one leukaemia patient survive the next nine weeks.

National Blood Donor week is June 13 to 19.