B + That You Make a Difference!

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - By: Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20

Every 60 seconds, somebody in Canada is in need of a blood transfusion. It can take up to 50 blood donors to save the life of a single car crash victim. Half of all Canadians will either need a blood donation or know somebody who does. While these facts might not be enough to convince everyone to donate blood, it certainly was for Brentwood students and staff!

In late January, SPARC organized the first blood drive of the school year, and participation from both staff and students was overwhelming. A volunteer-run donation center was set up at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre, and members of Brentwood joined the larger community to give life.

According to the Canadian Blood Services, 100,000 new donors are needed each year to keep the Canadian blood system secure, and this year Brentwood contributed a little bit to that number. On donation day, 30 appointment slots were reserved for Brentwood staff and students, but support from willing Brentwood donors went above and beyond, and through the course of the afternoon, over 40 people from the Brentwood community patiently waited to donate their blood and help save a life. The minimum age for blood donations is 17, so considering that only staff members, Grade 12s, along with a select few Grade 11 students could donate, this was an impressive participation rate! A volunteer at the donation centre even commented with a grin that “This is the most students I’ve ever seen at a blood drive!”

For some cancer patients, transplant recipients, accident victims, and so many more people, transfusions of donated blood have made the life-saving difference. In Canada, shortages of donated blood is a persistent problem, and in 2019, Canadian Blood Services stated that although one in two people is eligible to donate blood, only 4% of Canadians actually do. As SPARC Rep Janey W, Hope ‘20 put it, “You are truly wonderful for sacrificing your time and blood to help others, and it really does make a difference for so many Canadians”.

According to first-time donor Aatya U, Allard ‘20,“ It was really nice to feel like you’re helping out”, and I think that most people who donated would agree. Thank you to Ms Murray, SPARC Captain Sophia K, and the rest of SPARC for giving us the chance to help save a life!

Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20

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