New date attracts new donors
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.
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.