950 more blood donors needed in Lethbridge
LETHBRIDGE – Lethbridge first responders are rolling up their sleeves this month for a fundraising competition going towards an organization desperately in need.
The Sirens for Life campaign is pitting Lethbridge Regional Police, RCMP and Lethbridge Fire Department against one another to see who can donate the most blood.
Nationwide, Canadian Blood Services needs to fill more than 50,000 appointments, and the dire need for donations doesn’t stop short of our city.
Just to keep up with the demand here in Lethbridge, 950 residents need to donate within the next 30 days.
“Come forward and try to support us at a time that is traditionally very hard for us to collect blood,” said Belinda Tomiyama with Canadian Blood Services.
“We get it. There’s not much summer here in Canada,” she added.
“But, with more people out on the roadways and the waterways, we use more blood.”
Sirens for Life is a way the organization can increase low donation numbers by encouraging people to donate alongside emergency workers.
“I think each and every one of us should understand, we should be donating. And if we can encourage our families and other people in the community to step up, it’s very valuable,” said Insp. Jason Dobirstein with LRPS.
Those working in emergency services know all too well how important blood donations are – it can mean the difference between life and death.
“We’re involved in incidences where people require the services of Canadian Blood Services and it’s important that we support that type of organization that helps people,” said Dana Terry with the Lethbridge Fire Department.
As of Monday, LRPS is leading Sirens for Life in donations. The campaign will wrap up at the end of August.
If you would like more information on how you can donate, please visit blood.ca.
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