At the beginning of my senior year at Prince George Secondary School I began volunteering as the Young Blood For Life Co-ordinator at my school. This is an annual challenge from Canadian Blood Services to promote blood donation among youth. As a co-ordinator I was encouraged to speak to my peers about donation and gather as many donors as possible. I held a presentation for classes to go over the requirements and benefits of donating blood. I also set up a booth during lunch hour with information and a sign up sheet. Canadian Blood Services is very helpful by providing brochures, presentation and information booths, posters, and taxi’s to transport donors from the school to the clinic. Once I began promoting the challenge and gaining the interest of my peers, it became easier. Many donors that had a good experience at the clinic were happy to donate for PGSS again. The challenge was from October 2011-May 2012, and throughout the school year my school wavered between 1st and 2nd place against the 4 other high schools. I am very proud to say that I led my school to achieve first place in the Young Blood for Life Challenge of 2012! This would not have been possible without the help of my parter co-ordinator and friend, Isha Sangha.
Blood donation is also an aspect of my platform, compassion. I believe that it is compassionate to take one hour out of your life and save up to three lives. Donating blood is simple yet it helps so many.
In order to donate blood you must:
- Be 17 years of age
- Not have had a piercing or tattoo in the past 6 months
- Drink lots of water and eat a good meal prior to donation
- Be in good health
Every minute of everyday, someone in Canada is in need of blood, and just one hour of your time can save up to 3 lives! Even if you are unable to become a blood donor, Canadian Blood Services has a great volunteer program to be involved in. Please, be a hero and make an appointment to donate blood here, or call 1 888 2 DONATE.