About 100 people in Kawartha Lakes needed to donate blood

By Lindsay Advocate

Canadian Blood Services is looking for 100 people from Lindsay or within Kawartha Lakes to give blood on Canada Day.

The mobile blood donation event on July 1 will be held at the Victoria Park Armoury.

“We are excited to host this upcoming donation event we and hope to see full support of the residents of Lindsay,” says Jennifer Mathieu, territory manager – donor relations, for CBS.

“Given our unique role within Canadian healthcare, we are committed to welcoming donors to our collection centres during a pandemic. Ongoing blood donation is required to support lifesaving care for Canadians,” says Mathieu.

In compliance with the Public Health Agency of Canada to enable physical distancing, at this time, they can only welcome people with appointments.

Appointments help minimize the number of people at donor centres. Appointments also allow people to complete a pre-screening questionnaire before they arrive at a donor centre and self-defer if necessary in keeping with health and safety recommendations.

“Enhanced wellness measures are in effect throughout all our donor centres. In addition to our routine cleaning, infection-control and screening practices, in light of recent developments with COVID-19, we have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, wellness stations and physical distancing measures to better protect anyone who comes through our doors,” says Mathieu.

“What many people may not know is that every year, close to 40 per cent of all blood donors stop donating for 12 months or more for several reasons. Patients, however, continue to need blood for treatment of various medical conditions. With its limited shelf life, blood is in constant demand,” she says.

“We need to fill over 100 appointments in Lindsay on Wednesday July 1.”

There are numerous ways to book an appointment. Call 1-888 2DONATE (236-6283), download the GiveBlood app or visit www.blood.ca Somewhere, a patient and their family will be thankful, says Mathieu.

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