Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor’s annual blood donor clinic will take place over two days next week
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Mayor Guy Pilon at a previous blood drive, surrounded by volunteers Nicole Vallée, Huguette Rozon and Georgiana Leduc. Despite COVID-19, another drive is being held next week to meet the continued demand from Héma-Québec.
The mayor’s annual Vaudreuil-Dorion blood drive will be held on two consecutive days next week by appointment only and with stringent health protocols put in place to ensure the safety of all donors.
The first blood donor clinic will take place next Wednesday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Centre Multisports, 3093 Boulevard de la Gare. The second clinic will be held at the same location on Thursday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The objective is to collect 125 pints of blood on each day for a total of 250 pints.
Two blood drives already held
Mayor Guy Pilon said he is pleased the blood drive will be held despite the current Coronavirus restrictions that have been imposed by the provincial government within the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. He said the city already held two blood drives this spring at the request of Héma-Québec during the first Coronavirus lockdown in mid-March.
“Héma-Québec asked us to look into the possibility of holding two clinics. We used the indoor tennis courts on the ground floor at the Centre Multisports. It went so well, they asked us if we could host another clinic over one month later. The second clinic was full too,” Pilon told The Journal.
Interested donors must arrange an appointment with Héma-Québec ahead of time by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone toll-free at 1-800-343-7264 or by filling out an online form at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca/index.en.html. “So far from what I know, over 50 per cent of the spaces have already been booked,” said Pilon.
“They’re doing it over two days because they don’t want to pack the place and have people waiting. With his new system, they’re taking donations from fewer donors each day which is why they’re spreading out the clinic over two days. I’m greatly confident we’ll reach our goal,” said Pilon. The mayor has already set up a personal appointment to donate blood on the second day of the drive.
‘The best gift to give someone’
Pilon stressed the importance of donating blood during the current pandemic, saying the donations are extremely important to help hospitals maintain an adequate supply of blood for emergency situations.
“Donating blood is the best gift to give someone, especially in these exceedingly difficult times. One of my brothers just got out of the hospital and he needed many transfusions. When something like this happens to someone you know, you realize it is the best sign of love that you give to someone. For me, it has become more important to give blood this year than in previous years,” said Pilon.