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April 22, 2003 - Saskatchewan People Win Through Blood Donor Challenge


April 22, 2003

Saskatchewan People Win Through
Blood Donor Challenge

People throughout Southern Saskatchewan who require blood are the real winners of a corporate blood donor challenge between SaskEnergy, SaskPower and SGI. As part of the "Keep Regina Alive" blood drive, employees of the three Crowns held 15 blood donor challenges throughout the 2002/2003 donation year.

In total, the Crown employees donated 810 units of blood, which is the equivalent of saving up to 3240 lives.

The first challenge of the 2003/2004 year was held April 22, 2003 at Canadian Blood Services in Regina. Throughout the year, each corporation tries to get as many employees as possible to donate blood.

"It's important that corporations like SaskEnergy get involved and encourage their employees to become involved in the community they belong to," says Catherine Weisgarber, "Keep Regina Alive" coordinator at Canadian Blood Services. "The corporate challenges appeal to the competitive spirit, and at the same time, help us to provide those in need with blood."

SaskEnergy, together with its pipeline subsidiary TransGas, won last year's challenge, with employees donating 334 units of blood, surpassing its target of 242 units.

This year, donations by SaskEnergy and TransGas employees province-wide will be dedicated to 21 month old Patrick Fidek who is undergoing cancer treatments. Patrick is the son of Regina SaskEnergy employee Glenda Fidek.

"Patrick and others like him demonstrate the need for a constant supply of blood, which is why SaskEnergy and TransGas employees show willingness and enthusiasm toward donating blood," said Ron Clark, President and CEO, SaskEnergy. "The continued dedication and support shown by our employees toward Canadian Blood Services has been overwhelming and reflects our company's commitment to the community."

Among other activities, the blood drive helps SaskEnergy to meet its commitments to the community - over 10% of SaskEnergy employees donate blood yearly across the province. The national average of blood donors is 3%.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk
Manager, Communications
SaskEnergy
Phone: (306) 777-9842 or (306) 535-6569 (cell)