I decided to do something a little adventurous this morning – donate blood. It was my first time. I have the sticker to prove it!
While I was at the clinic, I had a chance to meet Manitoba Hydro’s Change Management Analyst and volunteer for Canadian Blood Services Jennie Malloy, True North Sports & Entertainment’s Director of Event Marketing Alayne Nott, who is also a Canadian Blood Services volunteer and Canadian Blood Services’ Chief Operating Officer Ian Mumford, who came to visit all the way from Ottawa. The three organizations work together to run clinics at MTS Centre three times a year – Hydro hosts another six more at their offices around Winnipeg throughout the year.
The clinics at MTS Centre are open to the public – that’s how I armed my way in (pun totally intended)! These clinics are a great way to rally people together around local patients and build an even stronger community downtown. Music to my ears – I LOVE hanging out downtown, so it’s great to know there’s yet another way I can get involved!
So far, Hydro and True North have helped to bring more than 400 blood donations this year and they aren’t stopping there! Because these big downtown organizations have lots of warm-blooded staff, they’ve banded together to bring in 1,000 donations in 2012. And thanks to yours truly, they just need 599 more!
P.S. I found out I have O-negative blood. That means I’m the ‘universal donor’ – my blood can be used to help a patient with ANY blood type – cool! Want to find out your blood type? Visit www.blood.ca to find more blood typing events and blood donor clinics coming soon to downtown Winnipeg.
(From left to right)
Canadian Blood Services’ Chief Operating Officer Ian Mumford, True North Sports
& Entertainment’s Director of Event Marketing Alayne Nott and Manitoba
Hydro’s Change Management Analyst Jennie Malloy.