Outdoor event on Parliament Hill marks 10th anniversary of National Blood Donor Week Act, calls attention to need for blood donors
Senator Terry Mercer will join Mel Cappe, Canadian Blood Services’ board chair, at a blood typing event on Parliament Hill. Together, they will mark the 10th anniversary of the National Blood Donor Week Act. The National Blood Donor Week Act is legislation that was first sponsored by Senator Mercer, and supported by all parties, to recognize and celebrate volunteer blood donors.
There will be a booth where you can find out what your blood type is. Members of parliament, the public, and various partner groups, have been invited to learn their blood type and encourage more eligible Canadians to donate blood during the summer.
During National Blood Donor Week, June 11 to 17, events are being held in communities across the country to celebrate blood donors and remind Canadians that the need for blood doesn’t stop over the summer months. Summertime is one of the most challenging times for Canada’s blood system.
Later this year, Canadian Blood Services will commemorate its 20th anniversary.
For 20 years the organization has worked with volunteer donors to meet patients’ needs. As National Blood Donor Week is recognized, Canadian Blood Services celebrates the generosity of volunteer blood donors, and reminds Canadians that new blood donors are always needed.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Canadians who are unable to donate blood can give financially, and can encourage others in their networks to become donors. Making an appointment to donate blood has never been easier. To find a nearby donation site visit blood.ca, download the GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1 888 236-6283). Walk in appointments are also available at all locations.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.