May 12, 2004
SaskEnergy Challenges Saskatchewan to
SaskEnergy's outstanding record of blood
donation is on the line, and our employees are again
rolling up their sleeves to give the gift of life. We're
kicking off our 2004/2005 blood donation campaign and
helping Canadian Blood Services (CBS) build up blood
supply reserves in advance of the West Nile Virus
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"We're unbeatable when it comes to
employee commitment to donating blood," said SaskEnergy/TransGas
blood donation co-ordinator Heather McInnis. "We've
donated 968 units of blood since July 2000. That
translates into close to 3,900 potential lives saved."
SaskEnergy/TransGas is aiming even higher this year."
This campaign's goal is to collect 280 units in 5
clinics. That goal is 40 units higher than last year.
SaskEnergy/TransGas has a 10 per cent participation
rate, which far surpasses the Canadian average of three
per cent, and SaskEnergy exceeded their donation goal
last year with the highest donation average of any Crown
SaskEnergy/TransGas is challenging
Saskatchewan residents to book an appointment so a
healthy reserve can be maintained. "CBS may stop
collecting blood in severely affected areas if we have a
rerun of last year," said Canadian Blood Services
Communications Specialist, Linda Paidel. Saskatchewan
had 792 clinical cases of West Nile Virus (WNV)
including six deaths in 2003; that is 59 per cent of all
cases in Canada last year. There were 14 donations found
to be infected and taken out of the blood supply in
2003, and 10 of those donations came from Saskatchewan.
"SaskEnergy is dedicated to addressing
the needs of communities through service and sees this
partnership with Volunteer Canada as a step toward
ensuring volunteerism remains a strong part of
Saskatchewan communities, "said Leslie Gosselin,
SaskEnergy Manager of Community Relations & Advertising.
"This partnership is important because nearly half of
the people in Saskatchewan get involved in community
initiatives every year, the highest level of
participation of any province."
"The need for blood is on-going. People
cannot become infected by giving blood and every unit of
donated blood is tested for WNV to make the blood as
safe as it can possibly be," adds Paidel. Donated whole
blood can be stored for 35 days, red blood cells last
for 42 days and platelets must be used within five days
SaskEnergy continues its excellent
record with its first clinic Wednesday, May 12, 2004. It
is a warm up for the first Corporate Challenge with
SaskPower and SGI that is scheduled for July 29th.
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