Did you know that to meet the needs of the population of Québec, Héma-Québec must collect 1,000 donations per day and that blood is an irreplaceable resource? In fact, every 80 seconds, someone in Québec needs blood. As a result, maintaining the collective blood supply depends on the generosity of those who feel compelled to share in the wealth of their health.
Despite the 60% probability of someone needing to receive a blood transfusion and despite the fact that one can give blood every 56 days as an act of solidarity to those in need, ONLY 3% of Quebeckers who qualify to give blood do so.
The body quickly replenishes the quantity of blood donated, which amounts to a little less than half a litre (450ml). The blood donation itself takes ten minutes and the entire process takes about one hour.
This is why we would like to invite you, as well as your friends and family, to save lives by giving blood, at John Abbott College blood donor clinic. The blood drive will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Casgrain Building (Agora) located at 21275 Lakeshore Road in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
If you have travelled outside Canada and the United States, please check whether you qualify either by calling 1-800-847-2525 or by going to www.hema-quebec.qc.ca and clicking in the following order: blood donation, donor qualification, qualification criteria. Then click malaria for travel exclusions.
Your support is precious to us all.