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High School Students Throw Support Behind
"Young Blood for Life"

National blood donor challenge a resounding success in first year

More than 7,900 high school students from across Canada participated in "Young Blood for Life", the country’s first-ever national high school blood donor challenge, helping to support Canada’s blood system, and increasing the number of first-time blood donors.

Students from 167 high schools were involved in "Young Blood for Life", competing to see who could make the most blood donations at Canadian Blood Services’ permanent donor clinics over the course of the 2009/2010 school year.

Across the country, approximately 7,935 high school students collectively donated more than 6,120 units and attracted about 3,450 first-time donors during the "Young Blood for Life" challenge.

"We’re delighted with the response by the students,” said Mark Donnison, Executive Director of Donor and Clinic Services. “As we approach National Blood Donor Week in June, with its theme of “New Blood for the World”, we’re excited to see that our youth all across the country are making such a significant contribution to Canada’s blood system."

High school students, 17 years-of-age or older, were eligible for the program, with teachers, parents and community members able to donate on behalf of their preferred school.

Canadian Blood Services is looking to make "Young Blood for Life" an even bigger success next year. For more information, about how your high school can get involved in "Young Blood for Life" or for blood donor clinic information, eligibility information or to book an appointment to donate blood, please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283).




500th Donation!

Ken Gould made his 500th donation on Tuesday, July 31, 2007. He is only the second donor in NB to hit this milestone and the 112th across Canada. He is a retired school principal and a former city councillor. He started donating regularly in the 80s.

Ken visits the Saint John clinic once a week to donate plasma. Plasma is the protein-rich portion of your blood that helps other components circulate through your body, supports your immune system, and promotes the control of excessive bleeding.

Ken, who is well-known for his quick comebacks and general good humour, wore his tuxedo for the occasion. He is pictured here with Canadian Blood Services' staff. Congratulations, Ken!





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Get Your Blood Pumping! 10 K Run

405 University ClinicThe first Get Your Blood Pumping! 10 K Run starts at 10:00am on Sunday, May 18. The race will start and finish at Canadian Blood Services, 405 University Avenue in Saint John.

Runners will enjoy spectacular views over Rockwood Park Golf Course and the Kennebecasis River. After some challenging hills, runners will be able to see the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club before returning to University Avenue for the flat run to the finish line.

Enter online at http://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=3486 or pick up an entry form at 405 University Avenue or the Running Room at Market Square in Uptown Saint John. Entry fee is $20 (After May 1, 2008 the fee is $25).

We hope you have a great race with us but the serious issue here is that Canadian Blood Services needs your donations. Contact them today on 1 888 236 6283 (1 888 2 DONATE) to schedule your appointment to give blood.

For more information contact the race organizer, Garth Millar at garth@fundycycling.com or visit www.anb.ca



Canadian Forces personnel show their support this Remembrance Day

Canadian Forces personnel show their support this Remembrance Day by donating blood in honour of their colleagues and Canada’s Veterans. On November 10, 2007, twenty members of the Canadian Forces attended our Remembrance Day clinic to donate blood in honour of this special day. All donors were treated to brunch while they completed an “In Honour” card to be sent directly to Canadian Forces personnel. Any citizen can visit our clinic to send a special message to our troops during the month of November.


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Programs & Campaigns


The 4th Annual "Investing in Life" Financial Institution Blood Donor Campaign officially kicks off on March 17, 2008.

The following financial institutions in the Atlantic Region have all signed on to save lives and "win" the honour of having the most participation amongst employees, family and friends:

  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Scotiabank
  • Atlantic Credit Unions
  • TD Canada Trust
  • RBC Royal Bank

In 2007 participating financial institutions helped Canadian Blood Services collect 477 units of blood. With each unit saving or improving three lives, this campaign helped over 1,400 hospital patients!

This year's campaign will run from March 17 to May 17, 2008, at all permanent and mobile blood donor clinics across the Atlantic Region. The goal is to collect 500 units. Don't forget to sign-in at the blood donor clinic to make your donation count. We will be relying once again on the generosity of bank and credit union employees, their families and friends to meet our target and save lives while they're doing it.

For information or to book an appointment at a clinic near you, please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

A representative from the financial institution with the highest participation rate will be invited to attend the local annual Honouring Our Lifeblood event held in late spring to receive a certificate of appreciation.



ExxonMobil Joins Partners for Life

ExxonMobil, an industry leader in the energy and petrochemical business, joined Canadian Blood Services' Partners for Life program in September 2006. The ExxonMobil Business Support Centre in Moncton has shown a strong commitment to the blood system right from the start. Their lead volunteer works with Canadian Blood Services to identify blood donor clinics in the area that may need extra donors to meet targets. The volunteer then schedules appointments for employees who want to donate blood while the company allows these donors time off during work hours to donate.

Through e-mails and posters, blood donor clinic information is sent to the 900+ employees in two locations in Moncton. This kind of support is vital to the success of blood donor clinics in the Moncton area and Canadian Blood Services is grateful for the wonderful support from ExxonMobil.


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Amanda Cullen
Communications Specialist
Tel: (506) 648-5008
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Jacqueline Alain
Tel: (506) 648-5073

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