Conestoga news

February 18, 2014 9:15 AM

Conestoga community honoured for blood donation

On Friday, February 7, the Conestoga community was recognized by Canadian Blood Services for their contribution to saving lives after the most recent campus blood drive exceeded its donation goal this past November.

Conestoga students and employees were challenged to donate 72 units of blood during the clinic held at the Doon campus on November 19. By the end of day, 80 units of blood had been collected, each with the potential to save up to three individuals in need.

According to the Canadian Blood Services, every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. More than 50 per cent of Canadians polled in a recent survey reported that they or their family members had required blood or blood products as a result of surgery or medical treatment.

Matthew Maguire, Conestoga’s Student Life manager, was presented with the certificate of recognition at a special celebration held at the Kitchener Holiday Inn.

“I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the Conestoga community,” said Maguire. “Exceeding our goal for a cause like this means that our students and employees have played an important role in saving lives.”

Building on the success of the November clinic, the first to be held on-campus at Doon, a two-day clinic will be held at the Recreation Centre on March 17 and 18, with the goal of collecting 144 units of blood over two days.

Blood donor clinics are just one of the many ways that Conestoga students have the opportunity to give back to the community. The Student Life department organizes a variety of events that celebrate cultural diversity, student leadership and the idea of respecting the differences in others. Visit the Student Life webpage for a list of upcoming events including Respect Week, which happens March 3 to 7.

For more information about blood donation in Canada, visit Canadian Blood Services