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).