Give blood on Aug. 18

It’s once again time to donate blood, with a clinic at the Rimbey Community Centre from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

By Adam Eisenbarth

It won’t take much to save three lives on Aug. 18.

It’s once again time to donate blood, with a clinic at the Rimbey Community Centre from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

While it may be a simple way to help save lives, organizer Alice Steele says it’s not always easy to convince people to take the time. “Typically it is more difficult in the summer.”

Clinics are held every two months at the community centre. Participation was a concern heading into the June clinic, but Steele was relieved to see a strong showing.

“The last one was very good. It was a real good turnout. It made (Blood Services) very happy.”

It was a pleasant sight to see the positive turnout and Steele says it meant major changes to the clinics were not necessary.

“They seem to work out OK, so you don’t fix what’s not broken.”

Typically about 100 people show up to the clinics.

“Then there’s always some that can’t give for some reason,” Steele said

According to Canadian Blood Services, approximately every minute, someone in Canada needs blood. Blood is used to help save lives in a number of ways, from cancer treatment to liver transplants, brain surgery and much more.

While you may think you are only helping strangers, the possibility exists that those donations can help to save someone close.

In fact, 52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products at some point.

Need more motivation to donate? Visit blood.ca for more statistics and information about donating blood.