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Rangers and Storm Renew Blood Donor Challenge

Sep 07, 2010 - 13:31 GMT

For the third season the Kitchener Rangers and the Guelph Storm are facing off to save lives! Today marks the start of the Rangers vs. Storm Blood Donor Challenge.

The Challenge is a friendly competition that encourages the teams’ staff, players, sponsors and fans to donate blood at their local Canadian Blood Services donor clinic. This season the two teams have pledge 1,000 units of blood and are in contention to see who can get the most new blood donors into local clinics.

Earlier today long time donor and NHL Referee Alumnus and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Andy Van Hellemond participated in a special red puck drop with Head Coach and General Manager of the Kitchener Rangers, Steve Spott and Head Coach and General Manager of the Guelph Storm, Jason Brooks to kick off the event. Both Spott and Brooks then donated blood on behalf of the Rangers and Storm as part of the official start to the battle.

We are calling out for participants to donate blood in the name of either the Kitchener Rangers or Guelph Storm at the following locations:

The Kitchener Rangers location is as follows:
94 Bridgeport Road East, Waterloo

The Guelph Storm's location is as follows:
130 SilverCreek Parkway North, Guelph

Call to book your appointment today! (1-888-2-DONATE)
Don’t worry if you have not donated previously and are curious if you are able to help out, visit Canadian Blood Services “What’s Your Type” table on Tuesday November 16th at the Kitchener Rangers home game. Doors open at 6:00pm – game time is 7:00pm.
Regardless of who wins, the true ultimate champions are the patients across the country that will be able to rely on a stable blood supply whenever blood is needed.

Donation Process
The donation process is simple and takes only about 45 minutes to an hour. For information about eligibility, the blood donation process or to schedule an appointment call 1 888 2 DONATE / 1 888 236-6283, or visit www.blood.ca.

Register for the Challenge
Upon registration please inform the receptionist that you are donating for the Rangers vs. Storm Blood Donor Challenge. You will be asked information about yourself: name, address, and phone number. You will be given some important literature on blood donation to read. You must present a photo ID and proof of age at this time.

About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the blood supply in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec and oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network (previously known as the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry, UBMDR). A dedicated team of about 4,800 staff and 17,000 volunteers enable us to operate 40 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. Canadian Blood Services is a non-governmental organization, however the Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health provide operational funding, and the federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system.