Representatives with local RCMP, fire, ambulance, search and rescue, and other emergency services personnel are helping Canadian Blood Services launch the Sirens for Life winter campaign, running January 2-31.
The theme for the campaign is “Someone still needs your help” and blood services is asking residents of Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton, Vernon and Westbank to take part by donating blood in support of their local emergency services teams.
Emergency service workers often see the need for blood firsthand. Just one person who is seriously injured in a car accident could need as many as 50 blood donations to help save their life.
To meet the need of hospital patients across BC and the Yukon in January, Canadian Blood Services forecasts it will need to collect more than 11,200 blood donations including blood from close to 1,000 Kelowna residents.
“The need for blood doesn’t take a winter vacation, and paramedics, fire and police workers may know this more than most. That’s one of the reasons these first responders are rallying together and rolling up their sleeves,” says Gayle Voyer, a partnership specialist with Canadian Blood Services. “They are on the frontline every day and know lives can change in an instant. Anyone can need blood at any time. It can take 50 blood donors to save someone who has been in a car accident.”
Donating only takes about an hour. For more information or to make an appointment visit www.blood.ca.