Local Windsor Influencer Collaborates with Canadian Blood Services
Blood Drive Hopes to Bring out Largest Windsor-Essex Turnout
On Saturday, April 6th 2019, local Windsor influencer Layan Barakat (Layan Bee) and the Canadian Blood Services are inviting Windsor-Essex residents 17 years and older to come out and give blood in what they hope to be the biggest local blood drive to date.
“I never even knew the clinic existed,” said Layan of the Windsor-Essex Canadian Blood Services location at 3909 Grand Marais Rd. E “and I don’t think I’m alone, which is why we want to get as many people out to check out the facility, donate and be part of a community initiative that will directly benefit the lives of the people living in it”.
According to the Canadian Blood Services website, half of all Canadians will either need blood or know someone that does. Our attempt to gather a large turnout for this event will not only help raise awareness, but it will also contribute to a need that affects us all.
“Canadian Blood Services logo represents the infinite connection between donors and recipients. Patients come from all walks of life and every part of Canada. Blood donations are needed for chemotherapy treatments, trauma victims, cardiac surgeries, and organ transplants – procedures that all routinely take place every day. The need for blood is constant, which is why donations are so vitally important for patients.” – Rick Prinzen, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Vice-President, Donor Relations
The blood drive will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. throughout this time, Layan will be working with Anthony Sheardown of Anthony Sheardown photography to create a video for her YouTube channel “Layan Bee” highlighting the importance of blood donation and the Windsor-Essex community. She hopes to feature as many people as possible answering the question “Who are you donating for?”. “Everyone has needed blood or known someone that has needed blood in their lifetime, everyone has a story and we want to highlight that” said Layan.