The kick off of the Annual Sirens for Life blood drive took place for DRPS, EMS and local fire departments on June 27 to start their friendly competition to see who can donate the most blood.
The demand for donors is high during the summer months due to the amount of vacations and busy schedules. Every donation can save three lives and only takes 60-90 minutes. Durham Region’s police officers, EMS and fire departments know the importance of giving blood, which is why they get their families and friends to come out and donate during the summer.
Joining them at the event was a guest speaker, who shared her story on having Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a rare blood disorder. She thanked all emergency services in the challenge for donating blood which helps thousands of Canadians just like her and reminded us of the importance of giving blood.
The official start of the campaign is July 1 and runs to Sept. 3. With a goal to collect 1,100 units, everyone is encouraged to roll up their sleeves to help a good cause.
“We had a great turn out this year thanks to all of the emergency personnel who are helping to donate blood,” said Crystal Powell, Community Development Coordinator. “They are all very supportive and help us get through the hard times of the summer months.”
For more information on clinic locations or donor eligibility information, please call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit the Canadian Blood Services website . The address and contact information for the Permanent Blood Clinic in Oshawa is featured below.
Permanent Blood Clinic
1300 Harmony Road North,
Hours of operation
Tues. & Thurs: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
sirens for life (JPG file, 26.5K bytes)
All members get together to support the cause (JPG file, 82.8K bytes)
S/Sgt. Fitzgerald, Supt. Moir and A/Captain McCutcheon encourage people to donate (JPG file, 76.9K bytes)