Donors give gen­er­ously at Blood Drive

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The Stanstead Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers held their an­nual Blood Drive at Sun­ny­side School yes­ter­day. With an ad­mirable goal of 100 donors, at 5:30 pm yes­ter­day, Fire Chief Jean Fluet was con­fi­dent that the goal would be reached by the end of the drive at 7:30 pm even though he was just a lit-

tle over 50%. “The shops have just closed so we’re ex­pect­ing more peo­ple to come in soon. Not all em­ploy­ers will give their em­ploy­ees per­mis­sion to leave dur­ing work­ing hours to give blood,” com­mented Mr. Fluet.

Stanstead res­i­dent Clint Rowsell, who had just given blood and was re­cu­per­at­ing on a stretcher, has given blood ev­ery year for six­teen years. “When I was younger I re­ceived some blood so I’ve given blood ev­ery year since then,” said Mr. Rowsell. Gwen­dolyn Pope, also from Stanstead, had just given blood for the sixth time. When asked what mo­ti­vated her to start giv­ing blood reg­u­larly, she ex­plained: “Be­cause my part­ner died of leukemia and, in his last year, he was get­ting sev­eral trans­fu­sions ev­ery week. If it helped him, I thought, I can help some­one else.” Al­though Mrs. Pope de­scribed the blood giv­ing process as pain­less, she did ad­mit, with a smile, that she was dis­ap­pointed that the re­plen­ish­ing snack given to donors had changed from donuts to healthy cook­ies and dried cran­ber­ries!

Af­ter a quick call to Mr. Fluet at 7:30 pm, it was learnt that the fi­nal tally was 80 donors. “We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the peo­ple who came out to do­nate. We’ll help a lot of peo­ple with the blood we got to­day,” he said.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Stanstead’s Clint Rowsell has given blood six­teen times since he first re­ceived blood six­teen years ago.

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