York donors rolled up their sleeves

Students, staff and faculty rolled up their sleeves and gave 382 units of blood during the November Canadian Blood Services drive on campus.

On average, one unit of blood helps three people, so donations from the York community will help an estimated 1,146 people in the Greater Toronto Area.

Hosted by York’s Health Education & Promotion, the four-day November blood drive on campus was one of the most successful at York in 20 years. A representative from the Canadian Blood Services said the inaugural blood challenge between Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School played a significant role in this success and hopes the challenge involves even more faculties in years to come.

The next blood donor clinic on campus takes place Jan.15-19.

Did you know:

  • giving blood can save a life;
  • only 3.5 per cent of eligible Canadians give blood;
  • patients in area hospitals use at least 650-700 units of blood each day;
  • cancer patients use an average of eight units of blood products each week during their treatment?

For more information on giving blood, visit the Canadian Blood Services Web site  or call 1-888-2-DONATE.

Health Education & Promotion is located in the Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development. For more information about health-related events taking place on campus, click here