Donate 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).
An 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.
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.
A 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.
A 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.”
Canadian 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.