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Blood Donation Campaign - The Beauty of Giving Blood

The 26th anniversary of Black July brings back memories filled with sadness and loss. For many Canadian Tamils, those memories are also filled with gratitude for the kindness from fellow Canadians as we sought refugee from the perils of Sri Lanka. Let us take the opportunity to give back.

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Why should we give blood?
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What is blood used for?
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What are the eligibility criteria for donating blood?
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What do I have to do before I donate Blood?
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How do I donate Blood?
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What happens at the Blood Donation clinic?
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Mobile Clinic Schedule

Why should we give blood?

A single donor can save someone’s life
No substitute for human blood
Blood has a shelf life of 5 days
Only 3.8% of the Asians donate blood where as 85% of the Caucasian donate every year.
South Asians are prone to heart disease and we use up more blood than we give
It only takes half an hour to donate blood
New blood is created instantly in your body when you give blood
You can only donate 1 unit of blood at a time

What is blood used for?

 
Emergency, Surgery & Medical treatments
1 unit = 1 pint = 450 ml
  Abdominal surgery
Heart bypass surgery
Car accident
Bleeding disorders
Sickle cell disease
Cancer treatment
Hip or knee surgery
Brain surgery
Organ transplantation
Kidney transplantation
4 units
8 units
50 units
On going treatments as needed
On going treatments as needed
8 units/per treatment
4 units
10 units
10 units
100 units

What are the eligibility criteria for donating blood?

Must be between 17 and 61 years of age
In general good health, feeling well
Weigh over 50kg (110Lbs)
Never had Malaria
Not travelled within one year to a Country/place where Malaria is prevalent
You can donate blood every 56 days

What do I have to do before I donate Blood?

You must not over indulge in alcohol prior to donating blood.
You must not have visited the dentist 3 days prior to donating blood
You must not have had tattoos or piercing 6 month prior to donating blood
Eat 3 good meals before donating blood the day of and day before
Drink lots of water

How do I donate Blood?

Step 1: Register before you go:
Go to www.blood.ca/partnersforlife
Click on “join Partners for Life”. Then click on “Member”
Click on “Sign me up to donate with my team!”
Fill out the secure form and click “Submit”
Group name: Tamil Canadians
Partner ID: CANA009345
Note: If you require assistance with registration, please call 416-240-0078.

Step 2: Find a clinic close to you and make an appointment by calling Canadian Tamil Congress at (416) 240-0078. Click here for list of all clinics.

What happens at the Blood Donation clinic?

Step 1: Registration
Proof of identity (Please take one piece of ID with you)
Read pamphlet

Step 2: Screening
Hemoglobin, blood pressure, temperature
Donor questionnaire
Private interview with screening nurse

Step 3: Donation
Disinfecting
Safe to donate

Step 4: Recovery
Refreshment area

For more information call Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

 

 
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