According to Chief Mike Ewles, it’s game on.
Police, fire and emergency services personnel in Durham are going arm-to-arm in a life-saving battle to donate the most blood for their community. The competition is called Sirens for Life and officially launched at a special ceremony held at the Region of Durham Headquarters on July 9, 2010.
The 7th annual Sirens for Life competition will run until September 6, 2010, and the real winners will be the blood recipients who are given the gift of life.
Blood recipient Deborah Hunt spoke at the launch to share how blood donors keep her alive. She and her twin sister Sandra were diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia and blood is the only cure. Unfortunately, due to her sister’s rare blood type, she died 10 years ago.
“I thank emergency services workers for the job you do every day. You see the need for blood first-hand and I thank you for being a part of Sirens for Life. You keep me alive. You are all my heroes,” she said.
This summer Canadian Blood Services’ goal is to receive 1,300 units of blood from the three emergency services in Durham Region. Just one unit of blood can save three lives.
Residents of Durham Region are encouraged to join DRPS and give the gift of life.
To donate, call 1-888-2-donate (1-888-236-6283) or go to the Canadian Blood Services website to find a clinic near you.
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Insp. Bruce Townley and Supt. Mike Ennis roll up their sleeves (JPG file, 246.7K bytes)
Chief Ewles receives participation certificate from Canadian Blood Services (JPG file, 269.9K bytes)
Chief Ewles poses with representatives from Canadian Blood Services, Oshawa Fire and Durham EMS (JPG file, 348.1K bytes)