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Bulletin: Senators score with first annual blood drive

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Blood Services are uniting to offer a blood donor clinic on Friday, April 3, at Scotiabank Place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club will also hold a Blood Donor Appreciation Night during its game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, April 4.


“One hour out of your time every eight weeks is not a lot to ask of someone to score a hat trick and save up to three lives,” said Senators president and CEO Roy Mlakar. “We are committed to our new partnership with Canadian Blood Services and our goal of saving up to 180 lives with 60 units of blood from our donor clinic. We are putting a challenge out to the community, as well as our staff, to come out and donate blood on April 3, and to continue the commitment to give blood.”

Over the next year, Canadian Blood Services will be looking to recruit 90,000 new donors nationally to meet the growing need for blood. In eastern Ontario, 70,900 units of blood are required to meet hospital demand in 2009.

“Working in partnership with the Ottawa Senators is a great way to rally the community of Ottawa around an important cause,” said Ian Mumford, COO of Canadian Blood Services. “We applaud the Ottawa Senators for recognizing that the need for blood never stops and for helping to save lives.”

The demand for blood is constant. Every minute of every day there is someone in Canada who needs blood or blood products. Fifty-two per cent of Canadians say they or a family member have needed blood for a surgery or medical treatment.

Executives of OnX Enterprise Solutions Ltd. will be on hand at Blood Donor Appreciation Night to present Canadian Blood Services with a cheque that will help to raise awareness of the importance of blood donations. OnX Enterprise Solutions designs, builds and operates mission-critical computing environments.

“OnX is a company that recognizes its role as a corporate citizen in the communities where it operates,” said Enza Alexander, vice-president and general manager for OnX Enterprise Solutions. ”OnX is pleased to join forces with the Ottawa Senators and Canadian Blood Services to support this worthy cause.”

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 40 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 www.blood.ca.

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