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Roller Derby League Raises Challenge to Give Blood

September 21, 2011 7:35 AM | News

The Winnipeg Roller Derby League battles it out at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in this April 2011 file photo. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The no-nonsense ladies from the Winnipeg Roller Derby League are doing their part to contribute to the Canadian Blood Service’s supply.

“Our League strives to give back to our community and blood is something that is used in Manitoba everyday,” said Laura Medwid, who goes by “Foxy FireCracksHer” on the track. “We can all think of a time where a family member needed this service when sick or injured.”

Besides battling on the track, WRDL teams Backseat Betties, The Corporation and Valkyries’ Wrath will compete today to see who can donate the most blood at the Winnipeg Blood Donor Clinic, 777 William Avenue.

The challenge is also open to the public, so anyone wanting to roll up their own sleeves can call 1 (888) 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to set up an appointment.

The ladies will be raising awareness of the importance to give blood on Saturday during the 2011 Roller Derby Championship at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Competitors will be wearing their ABO blood type on their uniforms. Tickets for the championship are still available at Ticketmaster. The match-ups begin at 7:30 p.m.