Monday, January 3, 2011

Sirens for Life Blood Donor Challenge Starts Today

Calgary and Edmonton are facing off again, but this time it’s a friendly competition to save lives.

Sirens for Life is a Blood Donor Challenge involving the Calgary Police Service, Fire Department, The City of Calgary’s Public Safety Communications, Emergency Medical Services and Alberta Health Services. It will run until the end of the month and the city that brings in the most blood donations in January wins.

Edmonton won the challenge last year by less than a 2.5% margin, so Calgary’s emergency services are encouraging the public’s support to help them save lives and reclaim the Sirens for Life title.

“We’re committed to the blood donation cause and we feel honoured to be able to give back to the community in this way,” says Steve Dongworth, Public Safety Communications Chief Superintendent. “Police, Fire, EMS and PSC see the need for blood first hand every day on the job so we know how important it is to help ensure a strong blood supply for Canadians.”

The goal of the Sirens for Life blood drive is to help Canadian Blood Services collect more than 6,000 blood donations this January in the Calgary area.

Blood is used every day to treat trauma patients such as motor vehicle collision victims, patients with bleeding disorders, individuals undergoing surgery, transplant recipients, cancer patients, individuals with severe burns and many others.

“We support this challenge every year because we want to lead by example and show Calgary and area residents how important it is to become a regular blood donor,” says Nina Vaughan, Deputy Chief Superintendent with Public Safety Communications.

If you’ve ever thought of becoming a donor or haven’t given blood in a while please book a donation appointment today. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283) for more information or to book your donation appointment. Information is also available online at

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