Fire­men come out for blood

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Blood Donor clinic or­ga­nizer, Jean Fluet, was do­nat­ing blood for the tenth time yes­ter­day evening.

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