08/17/10 - Downhome Inc. and Canadian Blood Services teamed up to encourage more Newfoundlanders to donate blood during Downhome Week (Aug. 9 – 13, 2010). The event was a tremendous success, with 540 individuals rolling up their sleeves to help save up to 1,620 lives (one donation helps save up to three lives).
“Summer is a challenging time for us,” says Dana Meadus, Community Development Coordinator at Canadian Blood Services. “As temperatures rise and people leave town on holiday, blood donations decrease. At the same time, there’s an increased need for blood, usually due to accidents. Downhome Inc. are well known in the community and we are pleased to have their support, especially during difficult collection times.”
Downhome Week saw 19 individuals donate blood for the first time, a positive increase considering new donors are essential due to the province’s aging donor base. Downhome provided complimentary magazines to donors, and hosted a barbecue at the St. John’s clinic. In addition, Scott Fleming of Corner Brook won the grand prize (a trip for two to Woody Island), and Maxine Beck of Come By Chance won a six-month subscription to Downhome magazine.
“We at Downhome are proud and thankful to have the opportunity to contribute to other people’s well being in such a way. When you realize you are literally saving lives it is truthfully an effortless gift to give,” says Grant Young, President of Downhome Inc.
While one in two Canadians can donate, only one in 60 actually donate. Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador may contact Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) for blood donor clinic information, eligibility information, or to book an appointment.
Downhome Editor Janice Stuckless donates blood for the first time.
Associate Publisher Derrick Hiscock (left) and Downhome Inc. President Grant Young serve up barbecued treats for donors at the St. John's clinic.