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Blood Donor Challenge by Rotary Windsor-St. Clair

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The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair is once again issuing a blood donor challenge to other Rotarians around the region, particularly in this time of critical blood shortages.

“The Rotary motto of ‘service above self’ truly applies here,” says Anna Jurak, the Rotarian who issued the challenge.  “Blood donations save lives.”  Jurak has donated over 160 times, and for the past two years, has invited friends, family, fellow Rotarians and the public to join her in helping to save lives.

The challenge will extend through February, with a special ‘Rotary Day’ being hosted on Saturday, February 13, whereby donors will enjoy food and punch following their donation.   Friends and family of Rotarians are eligible to be counted as well.  Simply book your appointment to donate and upon arriving, sign up for the Rotarian challenge at the door.   Walk-ins are also welcome.

“Donating blood is one of the most direct ways to have a positive effect on someone’s life,” says Maureen Macfarlane, Territory Manager with Canadian Blood Services.  “Less than 4% of the eligible population donates blood.  Couple that with the constant need for blood due to its shelf life and you can see why challenges such as the Rotary Blood Donor Challenge are so important.  They bring awareness to the community on the importance of donating blood and encourage those that have never donated before.  We appreciate all that Rotary does for the community, they are true life savers.”

The Windsor Blood Donor Clinic is located at 3909 Grand Marais Rd. East, and has varied hours Tuesday through Saturday.  Phone 1-888-2 DONATE or www.blood.ca to book an appointment.  Walk-ins are also welcome.

Rotary is the world’s largest service organization with 1.2 million members.  The Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair is comprised of about 35 members from around the Essex region dedicated to improving our local and worldwide communities by undertaking projects to address hunger, health, literacy, promote physical activity, and provide support to the financially disadvantaged in our community.

Some of the club’s projects include the Ganatchio Trail, the region’s first boundary-free playground in the Town of Tecumseh, the Rotary Roundabout at Manning Road, Wake Up Windsor/Get a Working Smoke Alarm, and RELAY, which has built and refurbished five schools in Africa.