Firemen come out for blood
The Stanstead Volunteer Firefighters held their annual Blood Donor Clinic, yesterday, in Sunnyside Elementary School’s gym. It ran from 1:30 to 7:30 pm, but by about 7:00, only around sixty people had given blood. “Our objective is 100,” said a disappointed Jean Fluet, the main organizer of the event. “Six years ago we would get around 112, 115 donors, but it’s been slowly decreasing over the last three years. It’s discouraging. In a town of 3000 residents, if only 10% gave blood,
we’d have 300 donors. As it is, less than 2 % of the population are giving blood. If our numbers go down too much, Hema Quebec won’t come here for the clinic,” added Mr. Fluet.
Stephane Roy, who works at La Crème de la Crème, got his mother Shari to replace him at the ice cream parlor so he could give blood. “It’s my second time giving blood in Stanstead and I’ve given four times at Bishop’s University,” he said while recovering.
Mark Bryant, from Cedarville, was donating blood for the twelfth time yesterday evening. “I first started giving blood when I was with the fire department. Now I like to give blood because I always feel better after. I have more energy and I sleep better at night. The extra energy lasts for about a week and a half,” said Mr. Bryant. “Many people, more often men, have told me that they feel much better after they give blood,” added Hema-Quebec technician, Brigitte Belisle. Mr. Bryant continued: “A couple of times I wasn’t able to give blood because I was low in iron. Now I know that you must eat before you donate blood.”
By 7:30, the total of donors had climbed to a respectable 75. “We had a nice push of people at the end that brought our numbers up,” said Mr. Fluet.
Blood Donor clinic organizer, Jean Fluet, was donating blood for the tenth time yesterday evening.