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Blood Donor Challenge Coming to Campus

September 17, 2015 — 

According to Canadian Blood Services, approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. But an aging population and declining health of donors means a new challenge. While the number of current donors could fall, patient needs continues to be strong.

U of M students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to accept the challenge and make a real difference on September 21st at the Canadian Blood Services Post-Secondary Challenge.

A mobile blood donor clinic will be set up in the student lounge of the Pembina Hall Residence. In addition, there will be seven other tables located on campus with information (IB), One Match Swabbing (OM) and Free Blood Typing (WYT) between 10am and 2pm.

Campus Locations:

September 21st from 9am to 3pm:
Pembina Hall Residence (Blood Donor Clinic)

September 21st from 10am to 2pm:
University Centre: (OM and WYT)
Engineering: (OM)
Frank Kennedy: (OM and WYT)
Drake: (OM and WYT)
Education: (IB)
Machray Hall: (IB)
Fletcher: (OM and WYT)

The goals for the day are 100 units of blood collected at blood donor clinic, 400 students blood typed (200 appointment booked for upcoming clinics Oct and Nov) and 100 stem cell swabs. Students can donate blood at Pembina Hall, they can get their blood typed for free at various locations and can also do a stem cell swab to become part of the stem cell registry.

“Here at Canadian Blood Services, we are so appreciative of the support we receive from the University of Manitoba. The compassionate senior management, staff and students continue to make our on-site blood donation events a success. This school year we are scheduled to be on campus 10 times with a goal of achieving 1000 blood donations. I have no doubt we will meet that goal, and in doing so will save or improve the lives of many Canadians! ” says Brett Howe, event coordinator, Canadian Blood Services.

Half of all Canadians will either need blood or know someone who will need blood at some point in their lives. That’s 17.5 million reasons why it’s time for the U of M to join the Post-Secondary Challenge and help save a life. Visit the blood donor clinic on September 21st or visit blood.ca to book a life saving appointment.

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