CPA Alberta Blood Drive

CPA Alberta Blood Drive

Take part in the November CPA Alberta Blood Drive Challenge

Have you been looking for an opportunity to volunteer and get involved with the community? Consider making a lifesaving gift of giving blood. It is a simple, yet powerful act of kindness. The need for blood continues during the coronavirus pandemic, and donating is still safe.

We’ve teamed up with Canadian Blood Services with the goal of challenging Alberta CPAs to come together and donate 100 units of blood by November 30.

To participate, register with the Canadian Blood Services under CPA Alberta’s challenge ID number CHAR0090572 and book an individual appointment at your local donation centre or mobile community donation event in November.

No matter where you donate across the country, your donation will count towards CPA Alberta’s pledge. CPAs are welcome to encourage their family and friends to register under CPA Alberta’s challenge ID.

Share your story!

Share your story of how blood donation has made a difference in your life by tagging us on your favourite social media channel using the hashtag #CPAAlbertaGiveBlood, or email us at MemberEngagement@cpaalberta.ca.

About the Challenge

To participate, register with the Canadian Blood Services under CPA Alberta’s challenge ID number CHAR0090572.

You can book an appointment by searching for a donor centre by location, selecting an appointment date and time that suits you and then logging in to complete the booking.

There are three ways to book your individual donation appointment:

  1. Download the GiveBlood App on the App Store or Google Play
  2. Book online at www.blood.ca
  3. Call 1-888-2-DONATE

CPAs are welcome to encourage their family and friends to register under CPA Alberta’s challenge ID. No matter where you donate across the country, your donation will count towards CPA Alberta’s pledge.

Canada’s blood system is a voluntary blood donor system and needs the help of ambassadors like you. Approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood.

  • Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization that operates independently from government.
  • 52 per cent of Canadians say they or a family member have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment.
  • On average, someone in Canada needs blood or blood products every 60 seconds.
  • 77,000 new blood donors are needed this year to meet hospital and patient needs.
  • One unit of blood can save the lives of up to three people.
  • The most common blood type in Canada is O Positive (39 percent).
  • The rarest blood type in Canada is AB Negative (less than 1 percent).
  • People with type O-negative (O-) are considered universal donors, as they can donate red blood cells to all other blood type recipients. That’s why it’s always in high demand—it’s used in emergency situations when there is no time to test a patient’s blood type.
  • All blood types are needed.

To find out if you qualify to donate, please fill out this donor questionnaire: www.blood.ca/eligibility.

When donating blood, the standard donation is approximately 450 mL, slightly less than half a litre or two cups. This represents a small portion of the blood in a person’s body, as the average adult has about 5 litres. The entire process takes just over an hour.

For a quick overview of Canadian Blood Services donation process, watch this video.

What will happen first?
When you arrive at a donation centre, you will be asked to provide some basic information and provide government identification (full name and signature or full name and photograph required).

How long does the donation take?
The actual donation procedure is done by skilled, specially trained clinic staff and takes 10 to 15 minutes. You will rest after donation and enjoy refreshments. Plan to spend about an hour at the donor clinic, plus travel time.

How will I feel after the donation?
Most people feel great! Donors who know what to expect and have eaten regular meals and are well hydrated before donating are usually fine. They can return to normal activities such as work and school. However, donors are recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for six to eight hours following their donation. Also remember to drink extra fluids for the next 24 hours.

Who can give blood – what are the donation criteria, and what determines eligibility?
In all cases, the donor must be in good health, and be feeling well on the day of their donation. Donors are encouraged to drink water and eat something prior to the donation especially salty snacks. Very specific criteria must be met before a person can become a blood donor. There are some medical conditions that can temporarily or even indefinitely defer a blood donation. All donors will be evaluated during a health interview at the donor centre.

Please call Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to answer any questions you may have, or fill out this donor questionnaire to find out if you qualify to donate: www.blood.ca/eligibility.

Looking after your health is important. On the day of your donation, there are a few extra things to do. 

  • Make sure you drink lots of water; eat a healthy meal and get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a salty snack and 500 mL of water just before you donate.
  • Make sure to bring valid ID
    • Donated before? Please bring your blood donor card.
    • First-time donating or can’t find your card? Bring ID that is government-issued with your full name and date-of-birth. We’ll then order you a blood donor card for next time. 
  • And you might want to do a quick eligibility check before coming in at www.blood.ca/eligibility.
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