Ilin Haque rolled up her sleeve for the first time this year to give a pint of blood.
The first-year Accounting student expects to do it two more times in the near future. “If you’re healthy, why not do it? Giving back to the community is the least you can do,” Haque said while at the Humber North campus blood donor clinic.
She tries to donate three times every year and has been donating blood for two years.
“I do it because my aunt is in need of it and it can benefit someone else,” she said.
Canadian Blood Services was taking donations at North campus on Oct. 15 and 16.
Jane Pierson, a registered nurse who was on location, emphasized instilling social responsibility at a young age.
“It’s important when you’re young to realize that the world involves more than yourself,” said Pierson.
It might seem like a small act to some people, but to others, it’s something that will help them live again.
“The biggest users of blood are cancer patients,” said Pierson.
Surgery also requires a lot of blood, explains Pierson. One blood donation can save up to four lives and 52 per cent of Canadians need or know someone who is in need of blood.
Toronto’s Blood Clinic territory manager Mark Malinowski said it’s important for students to get involved because they are the future of blood donations in Canada.
“The earlier they get involved, the easier it’s going to be to maintain a blood system in Canada,” said Malinowski. He said he GTA has had a shortage in blood supplies, forcing the import of blood from other provinces.
Malinowski said the citizens of Toronto use more blood than they actually collect, which amounts to a lot. Canadian Blood Services sets up donor clinics at post secondary schools including the University of Toronto, York University, Humber College and Seneca.
“We need to recruit 90,000 new donors every single year,” and it’s a simple and painless thing to do, said Malinowski. “Put yourselves in the position of someone who needs blood,” he said. “That should get you over the fear of needles and the donation process. It doesn’t hurt and it’s good karma, which will get you hooked because of the positive impact you’re making.”
Canadian Blood Services will be back at Humber College on March 18 and 19, 2015. For more information visit the Canadian Blood Services website.