Capt. Jerry Tomljenovic with Saanich Fire donates blood with the help of Hope Strang from Canadian Blood Services. (Saanich News)

Have you donated blood lately in Victoria?

Canadian Blood Services is hoping to fill 550 appointments in the Captial Region by Labour Day.

Somewhere in Canada, a patient needs a blood transfusion every 60 seconds.

That’s a remarkable statistic and even more reason to donate a life-saving product used in hospitals around the country.

Canadian Blood Services is looking to fill 25,000 appointments around the country before Labour Day, including 550 appointments in the Greater Victoria area.

Donations often slow down during the summer months, and while blood services plan for these lulls in donations, they’re now looking to restock supplies.

“We anticipated a drop in blood donations during the summer months as a result of holidays, changes in routines, travel and family activities. The Labour Day long weekend is particularly challenging as families spend time wrapping up the summer before transitioning into the back to school period,” says Mark Donnison, vice president, donor relations.

“Earlier this summer, we asked Canadians to take some precious time out of their summers for patients in need of blood. And they responded! To continue to meet patients’ needs, we urge new and returning donors to book an appointment starting now and through Labour Day.”

Victoria residents can donate blood at a mobile clinic event or at the Victoria blood donor office located at 3449 Saanich Road. Those with appointments are encouraged to keep their appointment and bring a friend or family member along too.

You can find out more information and book an appointment online.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Hope gets eight year sentence for Church Avenue sex assault

Eight years is the sentence for David Robert Hope, who was found… Continue reading

Colwood wins Victoria Flower Count for a five-peat

The 43rd annual Flower Count had over three billion blossoms counted in total

Alcohol, swimming believed to be culprit for Wednesday’s near-drowning at Gorge

Emergency crews called to scene at Gorge Bridge to treat at least one person pulled from water

Hillside Avenue death ruled a homicide, police say

No charges have yet been laid in the killing of Victoria man Joe Gauthier

Suspect arrested, released in Victoria home invasion

Police are still looking for a second person associated with robbery and car fire

Monterey student sale a swarming success

Community shows up in record number for middle school event

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

America’s Musical Journey premieres at the IMAX

Enter to win tickets to an invite only concert at your community newspaper’s Facebook page

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

Dead rabbits found at Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds stoke concerns about Nanaimo virus

A B.C. wildlife veterinarian says a few of the dead bunnies will be sent for diagnosis next week.

Most Read