The Canadian Blood Services says that the need for blood is constant and ONLY 2% of Reginans donate, based on 2014 stats of 169,000 population. That’s awful! I know that some people can’t donate for various reasons, but there must be more than 2% of our population that CAN donate.
The hours are expanding to accommodate donors. As of April 5, 2016 the Regina clinic will be open Wed and Thurs from 8 am to noon and again from 4 to 8 pm. On Fri and Sat they will be open from 8 am to noon.
Requirements are good general health, feeling well, 17 years or older. They have eliminated the upper age limit.
Check out www.blood.ca for all the info.
If you travelled to Zika affected countries, then check the website above for info. If you travelled outside of Canada, the continental U.S. and Europe, you must wait 21 days after returning home before donating blood.
One blood donation can potentially help 3 people. Five donors might be needed to save someone who has heart surgery.
It takes approximately 1 hour of your time and you can donate every 56 days. And they feed you with beverages and cookies. You never know. It might be your friend or family that needs the blood someday.
Our son received a bursary of $500 from the Canadian Blood Services a few years ago when he attended culinary school in Vancouver. This was because he and I recruited a few people to make a blood donation and a few of my clients and friends did go donate.
Let me know if you do donate. I’d like to congratulate you!