On Wednesday November 18, the Bell Centre will host the Montreal Canadiens – evenko Blood Drive, presented in collaboration with RDS and in support of Héma-Québec. From 8 am until 7 pm, members of the Montreal Canadiens organization, Montreal Canadiens Alumni, evenko and RDS celebrities will be there to meet the donors and thank them for their generosity. The Sun Life Financial diabetes awareness booth will also return this year.
The Canadiens’ Blood Drive was initiated by Jean Béliveau and Claude Mouton in 1981. Since 1998, the Montreal Canadiens organize their drive in collaboration with Héma-Québec, the supplier of blood in Quebec. According to Héma-Québec, the Canadiens’ Blood Drive is very important since the expected number of donors represent more than two thirds of the daily blood supply in Quebec. It should be known that to meet Quebecers’ needs, Héma-Québec must collect a minimum of 1,000 donations per day. Over the past 30 years, the Montreal Canadiens’ Blood Drive helped save over 100 000 lives.
Héma-Québec was created in 1998 to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; and also provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.
To find out if you are eligible to donate blood, a complete list of criteria is available on the Héma-Quebec website.
WHAT: Canadiens-evenko Blood Donor Clinic
WHO: Current players and coaching staff, members of the Montreal Canadiens organization and Alumni, evenko and RDS Celebrities, Youppi!
WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Centre Bell – ice level
(Medias – entrance at 1225 St. Antoine)
(Donors – main entrance at 1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, section 116)
Parking: Centre Bell, 1275 St. Antoine West
*Bell Centre parking coupons will be provided to donors (according to availability)
According to NHL security policies, no backpack or bag larger than a briefcase will be allowed upon entering the Bell Centre and no item can be left at consignment. Furthermore, anyone who underwent a body search upon entering the Bell Centre will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the building.
To find out more about the Blood Drive Event on Facebook, click here.