Friday, February 4, 2011

Calgary wins the Sirens for Life Blood Donor Challenge

Calgary has once again topped Edmonton - this time in the annual Sirens for Life blood donor challenge.

The competition pitted emergency services personnel from Calgary and Edmonton against each other to see who could recruit the most blood donors in January. Calgary ended up topping Edmonton by almost a thousand units of blood. Edmonton won the 2010 challenge.

"This was a really good year for Calgary," said Brian McAsey, Calgary Fire Department Public Information Officer. "Not only did we end up beating Edmonton by 900 donations, those 7,000 units of blood can be used to save up to 20,000 lives right here in Calgary."

Canadian Blood Services encourages Calgarians to give blood year round, as one blood donation in under an hour can save up to three lives.

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