//Om Gam Ganapataye Namah//
Donate Blood, WHY?
Many people consider it a right to receive blood when needed, but don't often
consider the responsibility of giving blood to maintain the community supply for
Approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. In fact,
according to a recent Ipsos-Reid poll (a report from Canadian Blood Services), 52% of
Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for
surgery or for medical treatment.
Why is it so important that I give blood?
It's the right thing to do.
You will be someone's hero — you may give a newborn, a child, a mother or a
father, a brother, or a sister another chance at life. In fact, you may help save up
to 3-lives with just 1-donation.
It's easy and convenient
It's something you can spare — most people have blood to spare... yet, there is
still not enough to go around.
You will be helping to ensure that blood is there when you or someone close to
you may need it. Most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
It's something you can do on equal footing with the rich and famous — blood is
something one person can give to another.
Blood and blood products have a limited shelf life, so the blood supply must be
replaced regularly to keep a fresh inventory.
Donating blood temporarily reduces your weight.
Blood is something money can't buy nor can be manufactured. There is no
substitute for blood.
Donating blood will give you a sense of pride that will have you leave the clinic
feeling “taller”. It's your badge of honour.
Did you know it takes about 50 donors to collect enough blood for the victim of
a car accident? You have what it takes to help.
Most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose sole mission is
to manage the blood and blood products supply for Canadians.
To this end, Canadian Blood Services:
• Collects approximately 850,000 units of blood annually and processes it into the
components and products that are administered to thousands of patients each
• Manages the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network whose mission is to
secure, in an expeditious way, donors for Canadian bone marrow transplant
patients and for patients abroad.
• Screens every donor and tests each unit of blood or blood product collected for a
variety of transmissible diseases.
• Ensures that Canadian transfusion medicine research and development remains at
the cutting edge.
• Canadian Blood Services is committed to blood safety
Collections Period: April 1, 2007 thru Jan 31 2008
Who can donate?
Please note that this information is subject to change. Final eligibility determination rests
with the screening staff at the donor clinic.
Identification with full name and signature, or full name and photograph required.
• Between 17 and 71 birthday (regular donor), or
• Between 17 and 61 birthday (1 -time donor).
To continue donating after the 71 birthday, regular donors should contact Canadian
Blood Services prior to donation for further eligibility information.
At least 50 kg (110 lb)
Frequency of Donation:
Minimum interval between blood donations is 56 days.
In general good health and feeling well. You should have had something to eat and
adequate sleep. You must also meet hemoglobin (iron) requirements (test done at clinic).
At the time of donation, you will be asked a number of questions to determine your
For example: You Must Wait before Donating, if You Have:
• Had dental treatment (extractions, fillings, cleaning, restoration)
• For cleaning or filling: until the day after treatment
• For extraction, root canal or dental surgery: 72 hours provided there is full recovery
• A cold, flu or sore throat Full recovery
• Had ear or body piercing or tattooing: 6 months
How it will help community:
Approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. In fact,
according to a recent poll, 52 % of Canadians say they, or a family member, have
needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment.
The good news is that 1-blood donation - in just 1-hour – can save up to THREE
Our event will inspire members of the community to become more aware about the need
for blood donors and registrants to ‘Canadian Blood Services’
It is very important to ensure that every one of your members is aware of our current
malaria deferral policy so that only individuals who are eligible to donate sign up for the
There is nothing more frustrating for our donors than to take the time out of their day to
attend a clinic and then find out that they are actually unable to donate.
It is also very important that anyone who has had malaria at any point in their lives or
who has travelled to a malaria region in the last year not donate blood as this is very
dangerous to anyone receiving the blood.
Popular travel destinations such as India, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and parts of
Mexico are considered malaria regions but a full list of malaria regions can be found
on our website at www.blood.ca.
As well, please let everyone know that they
• Must bring photo ID on the day of the clinic,
• Need to be completely healthy (no colds or flu),
• Need to be able to communicate with the nurse in English
• Eat and drink well before donating.
Malaria policy criteria of Canadian blood services
As on www.blood.ca, CBS malaria policy changes April 2, 2007
CBS malaria policy impacts people who spend time in malaria-risk zones and people who
have had malaria.
The table below outlines the policy, which took effect on April 2, 2007 Duration in risk zone
Less than 6 consecutive months - All components of your donation (red cells, platelets
and plasma) can be used for transfusion.
6 or more consecutive months - Eligible to donate blood three years after departure
date from malaria-risk zone:
- All components of your donation (red cells, platelets
“I have had malaria” - Not eligible to donate blood
If anyone is on medication or has any further health questions please tell them to call 1-
888-2-DONATE and ask to speak to a nurse
Types of blood Donations
Canadian Blood Services is responsible for recruiting blood and bone marrow donors, as
well as collecting blood, plasma, and platelets at 41 permanent collection sites and more
than 19,000 donor clinics annually.
Canadian Blood Services collects whole blood. Whole blood is comprised of red blood
cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Some donations are held and transfused as
whole blood; others are processed to separate red blood cells and plasma.
Here are few types of blood donations:
• Whole blood
1. Whole blood
Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Such of the blood
that is transfused every year is done under emergency or trauma situations. In
Canada, hundreds of thousands of people each year receive blood components or
blood products following accidents, during surgery or for cancer treatments, burn
therapy, hemophilia and other blood-related diseases.
• The average amount of blood in one person is five litres or 10.5 pints
• There are approximately 450 ml of blood in a unit
• On average, 4.6 units of blood are required per patient
• In 2004/2005 Canadian Blood Services collected approximately
850,000 units of whole blood
All whole blood donations undergo leukoreduction, a process whereby white blood cells
are removed. White blood cells often carry viruses and bacteria that can be detrimental to
the recovery of the recipient.
Some donors donate plasma through a process called plasmapheresis. The donor’s
blood is processed through an apheresis machine that extracts only the plasma and
returns the rest of the blood to the donor. Plasma may be transfused into a patient or
further processed into other products.
Plasma is the protein-rich liquid of your blood that helps other blood components
circulate through your body, supports your immune system, and promotes the control of
Hospital staff can use plasma donations to help patients with: Some bleeding disorders
• Liver diseases
• Some operations
• Cancer and bone marrow therapy
Platelets can be donated through a process called plateletpheresis. The donor’s blood
is processed through an apheresis machine, much like in a plasma donation. In this
case, only the platelets are collected and the rest of the blood is returned to the donor.
Platelets are one of the components required to make blood clot. They are approximately
one quarter the size of red blood cells and are not, whole cells, but fragile cell fragments.
Platelets originate from giant cells called megakaryocytes, found in bone marrow. As the
megakaryocyte matures, small fragments break off and are released into the blood
stream. These fragments are called platelets and have a shelf life of only five days.
Patients with prolonged bleeding associated with some diseases (e.g. cancer) need
large quantities of platelets as part of their treatment.
All main Canadian Blood Services donor clinics have a plateletpheresis program. Each
plateletpheresis program differs from location to location.
Many people consider it a right to receive blood when needed, but don't often consider
the responsibility of giving blood to maintain the community supply for others.
Those shortages would be eliminated if more healthy people would give blood. For
our family, our friends, and for strangers in need, we must share blood resources.
We need more donors, and we need donors to give blood more often
How SGYP is supporting Blood donation
You will be overwhelmed to note that Ganeshyag Pariwar has been consistently
supporting Blood donation (most valuable charitable donation) for last 7 years which was
initially started in Ganeshyag 2001. So far Pariwar has supported to Canadian Blood
Services in 3 ways.
1) Holding 2 Independent camps (reported on counter 180, actual donors 110)
2) Shared camps with CBS - 3
3) Financially donations in 2006 and 2007
This year on 17th & 31st May 2008, SYGP had once again Successfully
supported Canadian Blood Services’ by sharing a blood
In the past and today we do follow guidelines given by CBS while promoting Blood
donations whether on shared or independent basis.
Across Canada, corporations, associations, schools and community groups
support the blood program by participating in and organizing blood
This year, Pariwar went one more step ahead & now registered as:
Partner for Life with CBS - Membership # SHRI005611
Partners in Life is special campaign promoted by CBS which allows every individual to
donate at ease and convenient time. We would like suggest that taking the advantage of
such scheme any individual may participate on behalf of PARIWAR at any time by
advising the “Partners in Life” Membership # SHRI005611.
By this way your name will be taken as blood donor and supporter of charitable
organization as well. Of course individual may independently donate without mentioning
‘We never know when someone in our community
might need blood’
Shree Ganeshyag Pariwar is pleased to announce a Blood donation campaign
during November 22 2008 - January 21 2009
Remember 1-blood donation - in just 1-hour – can save up to 3-lives
We make a humble appeal to donate blood.
You have a choice to select the Location, Date & time.
Our earnest appeal to all REGULAR and NEW donors
DONATE BLOOD with Partners for Life ID # SHRI005611
For more information please contact: www.shreeganeshyag.com
To find out the nearest clinic and book an appointment convenient to you
call Tel: 888-2 DONATE (888-236-6283) or visit www.bloodservices.ca
GIVE BLOOD - GIVE LIFE