In conjunction with Canadian Blood Services, the Ottawa Senators announced today that Senators Sports & Entertainment will welcome Be Red, Give Red! Ottawa’s Biggest Blood Donor Clinic on Monday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the arena floor at Scotiabank Place.
For a second consecutive season, the Senators are encouraging fans to roll up their sleeves in a community-wide effort to reach a goal of 400 units of blood and 200 new OneMatch Stem Cell registrants on Monday.
“We’re asking for the support of Senators fans to help make this blood donation event a life-saving difference within our community,” said Cyril Leeder, Ottawa Senators president. “To ensure that hospital demands continue to be met in Ottawa, almost 3,000 new donors are required this year alone. This figure is in addition to donors who are already providing blood on a regular basis.”
While there is a consistent need for all blood types, Type O negative blood donors are especially being encouraged to participate at the Be Red, Give Red! drive. Type O negative blood donors are considered universal donors because their blood can be used by anyone in case of an emergency.
“Participants on Monday can also register as a stem cell donors on the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network with a simple cheek swab to collect DNA,” said Steve Harding, executive director, fund-raising and development for Canadian Blood Services. “Hundreds of Canadians will require a donor for stem cell transplants every year for illnesses such as leukemia and more than 70 per cent of them will need to rely on someone they don’t know to help save their lives.”
Spartacat, the Senators’ ambassador of fun, will be at Monday’s clinic at noon and then again at 5 p.m. to visit with donors who have the chance to win Senators prize packages, including hockey tickets.
Canadian Blood Services will also offer donors who attend this clinic a chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to Canadian Blood Services Donor Appreciation Night, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, during the Senators game against the Detroit Red Wings.
More than 97,000 units of blood will be needed this year by patients in northern and eastern Ontario. Become part of the “power of Red” and join us on Monday, Oct. 18, at Scotiabank Place. Please call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book your appointment.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 Web site at www.blood.ca.