Kelowna wins blood drive battle over PG
Nov 2, 2013 / 10:03 am
After losing its title last year Kelowna has reclaimed the Interior Drive for Life title from Prince George.
The eight week blood drive generated more than 2,600 donations and 300 new donors.
IT was the 16th annual Interior Drive for Life (IDFL) and Kelowna took this year’s competition against Prince George as it did in 2009 and 2011.
Kelowna collected 1,698 blood donations in this year’s campaign, which was 91.5 per cent of its 1,856 donation target. It also hoped to bring in 152 new donors and brought in 200!
“We blew our new donor target out of the water by more than 30 per cent and couldn’t be happier,” said Gayle Voyer, partnership specialist with Canadian Blood Services.
“We maintained a slight lead in blood collections for several weeks against Prince George. Being underdogs helped us stay focused on hospital patients, our civic pride and the need to work a little harder this year to make sure our lead lasted.”
Prince George collected 1,085 donations or around 89 per cent of its target and signed up 104 new donors, 97 per cent of its goal of 107 new donors.
“Second place is fun in any contest where the runner up can celebrate recruiting more than 100 new donors and collecting more than 1,000 life-saving gifts to help hospital patients,” said Amy Erickson, partnership specialist in Prince George with Canadian Blood Services.
Although this year’s IDFL contest is over, Canadian Blood Services reminds us the need for blood is constant. Blood is used every day to treat patients with bleeding disorders, individuals undergoing surgery, transplant recipients, cancer patients, newborn babies and many others.
To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information on donor eligibility, visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
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