Roll up to give blood today

Some 162 students, faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves to donate a total of 112 units of blood last week when Health Education & Promotion hosted the Canadian Blood Services for the July blood drive. But Canadian Blood Services will be back on campus, this time for a special one-day clinic, today from 3:30 to 7:30pm in Central Square.

On average, one unit of blood helps three people and the York community’s donations will be used to help approximately 336 people in the Greater Toronto Area.

For anyone wishing to give the gift of life through a blood donation who isn’t able to make today’s clinic, Canadian Blood Services will be back on campus this fall from November 16 to 20.

Did you know?

  • Only 3.5 per cent of eligible Canadians give blood?
  • Patients in area hospitals use at least 650 to 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 how to become a donor or to schedule an opportunity to donate during one of their many clinics throughout the community, visit the Canadian Blood Services Web site or call 1-888-2-DONATE.

Health Education & Promotion is in the Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development. For more information about other health-related events taking place on campus, visit the Health Education & Promotion Web site.