“Blood - it’s in you to give.” Everyone has heard this line at least a few times in their lives, but this year STM students took the message to heart with their annual Blood Drive, hosted by the Prefects and Canadian Blood Services (CBS). On May 16th, over 60 students visited the gym-turned-clinic to donate a unit of blood. This impressive turnout resulted in 44 units of blood being donated; surpassing the 43 unit goal CBS had set for the day.
For those who don’t know, CBS is a non-profit organization which manages the supplies of blood and blood products everywhere throughout Canada, other than Quebec. This organization is extremely important to the everyday lives’ of Canadians – every sixty seconds someone in Canada requires blood. Because of this, there is an increasing need for blood donors, especially nearing the summer months.
In an effort to reach more potential donors, CBS is implementing the use of a “Blood Signal” from June 3rd-10th. This signal will be used to alert donors and their friends when blood is urgently needed, through a downloadable “twibbon.” Once installed, the Blood Signal will appear on your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to remind both you and your friends that blood is desperately required.
If you already wish to donate blood you must meet a few requirements. You must be 17 years of age or older, be in good health, and weigh more than 110 pounds. You are not eligible to donate if you have had a tattoo or piercing within the past six months. If you fit these criteria and wish to book an appointment to donate, contact the Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE or visit their website at www.blood.ca.
After successfully carrying out their Blood Drive, the Prefects moved on to their next campaign – collecting gently used uniform items from June 10th until the end of exams. Please bring any items you wish to donate to the Attendance office during periods 2, 3 and 4. With every donation, your name will be entered into a raffle. As usual, STM is sure to give generously.