New date at­tracts new donors

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

What was most en­cour­ag­ing about the an­nual Blood Drive put on by the Stanstead Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion last Fri­day was not the num­ber of donors, that num­ber has re­mained steady in the eight­ies for sev­eral years now, but in the num­ber of new donors: nine! “We saw a lot of new faces. Some were peo­ple who were vis­it­ing friends and fam­ily and oth­ers were from Stanstead,” said Jean Fluet, the fire­fighter who or­ga­nizes the event ev­ery year along with Hema-Que­bec. “Many of those new donors were young peo­ple,

in their mid-thir­ties,” he men­tioned.

This year the event was held ear­lier in the year than usual to see if more peo­ple would come out to give the ‘gift of life’. “We usu­ally hold it around June 24th, but I’d of­ten heard from peo­ple that they couldn’t make it be­cause they were away. So we de­cided to hold it in early spring this time and we got around 82 donors,” said Mr. Fluet. The Blood Drive will be held for at least a few years at this new date to give peo­ple a chance to get used to it be­ing held in early spring. “We’re al­ways aim­ing to get one hun­dred peo­ple,” added the or­ga­nizer.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who came out to give blood, and all of the vol­un­teers who worked on the Blood Drive,” com­mented Mr. Fluet. About fif­teen vol­un­teers from the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity help with the Blood Drive ev­ery year, in­clud­ing sev­eral who have been do­ing it for al­most thirty years. “We had just a few fire­fight­ers help­ing out be­cause, in case there is an emer­gency, we need to have most of the fire­fight­ers avail­able,” he con­cluded.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Hema-Que­bec nurse Ana Paula Fer­nan­des takes blood from or­ga­nizer Jean Fluet at the an­nual Stanstead Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Blood Drive, held last Fri­day in Stanstead.

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