Annual Blood Drive next Tues­day

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

TheVol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers of Stanstead will be host­ing their annual blood drive next Tues­day, June 26th from 1:30 to 7:30 pm, in their usual lo­ca­tion in the Sun­ny­side gym­na­sium. This year’s goal is a lofty one: 100 donors!

It is crit­i­cal to main­tain a suf­fi­cient stock of blood, es­pe­cially when you con­sider that an in­di­vid­ual’s chance of re­ceiv­ing at least one trans­fu­sion dur­ing his or her life­time is more than 50%. Ev­ery year some 80,000 peo­ple in the prov­ince re­ceive blood prod­ucts to treat a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. If you are in good health, are 18 years or older and meet He­maQue­bec’s el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, you can give blood as fre­quently as ev­ery 56 days or up to six times a year.

Some in­ter­est­ing facts: Four lives can ei­ther be saved or im­proved with only one blood do­na­tion; ev­ery year, only 3% of el­i­gi­ble Que­be­cers give blood; ev­ery 80 sec­onds some­body needs a blood trans­fu­sion; ev­ery day Hema-Que­bec must col­lect 1000 blood do­na­tions to meet the de­mand of hos­pi­tals.

If you would like to find out if you can do­nate blood or have re­lated ques­tions, you may call 1 800 847-2525.

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