Canadian Blood Services celebrates National Blood Donor Week and looks for more young donors to take up the causeBrampton - Canadian Blood Services is celebrating National Blood Donor Week from June 14 – 20 by saying "thank you" to 423,000 donors who keep our blood system strong and encouraging more people to donate blood and save lives.
National Blood Donor Week is an opportunity to show appreciation to generous Canadians who donate blood, plasma, platelets and stem cells to help save lives. This year's theme is Youth: New Blood for the World. As the demand for blood increases year over year, it's important for Canadian Blood Services to continue to recruit a new generation of blood donors to meet growing hospital demand.
Youth Blood Donor Facts
·Last year, there were about 423,000 blood donors in Canada.
·Donors aged 17-24 make up approximately 20 per cent (or one fifth) of our active donor base (about 85,000)
·Donors aged 17 – 24 made about 139,000 blood donations last year, or 15 per cent of all blood donations in Canada.
·Donors aged 17 – 24 accounted for 46 per cent of all new blood donors in Canada last year.
·As Canada's population ages, many of our loyal donors will become ineligible to donate blood within the next decade. In fact, many will become recipients of blood and blood products.
·People can begin donating blood as early as 17 years of age.
Between now and the end of August, Canadian Blood Services needs 32,807 donors to give blood in Central Ontario
Please book your blood donation appointment today. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283). The Blood Donor Clinic is located at the following locations:
June 19 – Chinguacousy Wellness Centre, 995 Peter Robertson Blvd, from 10:00 PM – 3:00 PM
June 21 – Bramalea Baptist Church, 45 River Dr, from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
June 29 – Brampton Soccer, 1495 Sandalwood Pkwy East , from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
About National Blood Donor Week (June 14 – 20, 2010)
In 2008 a bill was passed by the federal government recognizing National Blood Donor Week as an opportunity to celebrate and thank the donors and volunteers of the blood system in Canada who ensure the health of their fellow citizens. The week also builds awareness of the importance of blood, plasma, platelet and bone and stem cell donations, and encourages Canadians to donate or become a volunteer – especially during the challenging summer months. This year, National Blood Donor Week runs from June 14 – 20.
About World Blood Donor Day (June 14, 2010)
World Blood Donor Day falls within National Blood Donor Week on June 14 – the birth date of Karl Landsteiner, a pioneer of transfusion medicine. Every year, the World Health Organization selects a country to host international celebrations. This year, Spain will host World Blood Donor Day with the theme "New blood for the world". Celebrations will centre in Barcelona.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.blood.ca/