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Simcoe, ON —There is a strong need for blood donors in Simcoe to rally together to help save more lives through blood donation.

 

Lisa Syms, Community Development Coordinator for Simcoe mobile clinics says, “This year, we have seen a slight downturn in donor attendance at clinics in Simcoe. We need new and current donors to become lifelong donors in order to continue to meet the needs of hospital patients.”

 

Regular monthly Simcoe clinics provide an opportunity for donors to help grow the donor base.

 

The next two Simcoe clinics are:

 

Tuesday, October 16 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion (200 West St.)

 

Thursday, November 1 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic High School (128 Evergreen Hill Rd.)

 

“It’s important for the community to rally together because it takes many donors to help save just one life,” says Syms.

 

It can take up to 50 donors a week to help someone in a car accident. Someone with Aplastic Anemia could need help from up to four donors a month. Locally, at Norfolk General Hospital, deliveries of blood products are made weekly. Each day, a patient at the hospital is transfused.

 

To help meet these needs local organizations have come on board as members of Canadian Blood Services’ Partners for Life program—a program in which an organization commits to an annual blood donation pledge. Two local companies that have signed on to Partners for Life are Unilever and Norfolk County. And other organizations—like Hydro One and Grand Erie District School Board Learning Alternatives—are making a commitment to host group donation events.

 

To meet patient needs, now and in the future, the national donor base must grow to 500,000 Canadians by 2015. This year alone, Canadian Blood Services needs to recruit 89,600 new donors. By 2015, that number will grow to 100,000 new donors annually as the Canadian population ages and some of our loyal donors may be users of blood products.

 

For the remainder of October, and through to November 11, Canadian Blood Services has launched television and radio advertisements to encourage Canadians who are not yet blood donors to take the first step towards donating by calling 1 888 2 DONATE and making an appointment to give. The advertisements feature actual recipients-- some of who have been injured in accidents, some of who needed blood products since birth, or have suffered from cancer and leukemia and have now recovered.

 

To book an appointment or for more information, visit us at www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE.

 

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system. Follow us on Twitter @itsinyoutogive, visit our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CanadianBloodServices and see our YouTube channel at 18882DONATE.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT

Lisa Syms, Community Development Coordinator
Canadian Blood Services
905-304-5861 / 1 866-537-7700 ext. 5861 - Office
289-260-1243 – Blackberry

Lisa.syms@blood.ca

 

FAST FACTS

  • As of July 2012, there are currently 422,000 active donors in Canada – that is, they have donated at least once in the past 12 months.

 

  • Every 60 seconds, someone in Canada requires blood or a blood product.

 

  • While all blood types are needed, there is a particular need for O, A and B Negative donors.

 

  • Only 7% of Canadians have O negative blood however the demand for this blood type is always very high. O negative is the only blood type that is compatible with all others and is used in the most critical situations: for neonates, patients with compromised immune systems, and for trauma victims.

 

  • The need for blood in Canada is constant and the fact remains that hospital patients everywhere need blood in all seasons. Hospitals continue to draw on the supply of blood as Canadian patients require treatment regardless of the weather, as they undergo treatment for cancer, surgery, for car accidents and other traumas, and for hundreds of other medical situations that require life-saving blood.

 

  • Canadian Blood Services serves over 700 hospitals across the country.

 

  • Blood donors can donate every 56 days.

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