Fanshawe students asked to engage in blood war
There is a growing need in Canada to inspire young individuals to roll up their sleeves and give blood.
As a response to this overwhelming initiative, students from Fanshawe College are lending their participation for the fourth annual cross-Canada donation challenge, Blood 101: Canadian Students Saving Lives.
“The Blood 101 Challenge enables students to contribute to the health of their fellow Canadians in a fun challenge environment. The winning school will win a trophy, which they can display in their school for a year and a draw will be held for a Sony Reader out of the list of attendees at the winning school,” said Caryna Wilding, community development coordinator Canadian Blood Services.
Students proudly get involved in the Blood 101 Campaign from university, college and technical campuses.
Christine Newton, Fanshawe's student leader for Blood 101, is extremely optimistic about this year's challenge being presented forward.
“Fanshawe students are typically pretty generous donors, but there are still lots of students out there who have never given blood. With this campaign, we're hoping to get some of those first-timers out…that's what it will take to kick butt in this competition and really make a difference,” she said.
“It is estimated that one out of two Canadians will need blood for themselves or a family member in their lifetime and yet only one in 60 eligible Canadians actually donate blood. This year Canadian Blood Services needs 90,000 new donors to meet hospital demand,” Wilding said.
Students account for 10 per cent of Canadian Blood Services' national donor base. During the last Blood 101 challenge, students across the country donated 2908 units of blood.
Fanshawe College collected 118 units.
This year's aim is to have at least 200 units of blood collected at Fanshawe.
“We hope that Fanshawe students will embrace this challenge and support their school's efforts,” added Wilding.
If you are interested in donating your blood, call to book your appointment at 1-888-2-DONATE. There will be free blood typing and a representative from OneMatch Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Registry who will happily register students who are keen on donating their blood on January 13 and 14 in front of the Oasis from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Fanshawe clinics will be held in the Student Union Alumni Lounge on January 18-21 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
About the Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also overseas the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 40 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. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to visit their website at www.blood.ca