MONTREAL, April 11, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec would like to make
the most of National Volunteer Week, this week, to highlight the
precious contribution of all those who support the cause of blood
donation and help save lives.
The contribution of the entire Québec community lies at the very heart
of Héma-Québec's mission. As a result, more than 16,000 volunteers
organize more than 3,000 blood drives every year and make an average of
1.2 million calls to blood donors. Every year, more than 160,000 blood
donors answer the call and give the gift of life.
This year's campaign is focussed on the words Thank you, a theme that is perfect for recognizing the contribution of the
volunteers and blood donors who ensure that more than 80,000 patients
receive the blood products they need for their health every year.
"Thank you. We specifically want to thank the volunteers who have taken
the great cause of blood donation to heart. Without their valuable help
and their undeniable sense of sharing, Héma-Québec could not fulfil its
mission. These essential partners must know how much their involvement
is appreciated and valued," said Dr. Jean De Serres, President and CEO of Héma-Québec.
To thank them, two special evenings will be dedicated to our volunteers.
These events will take place on April 18 in Montréal and April 20 in
Québec City. Next fall, Héma-Québec will visit about a dozen cities
during the traditional regional meetings to honor the volunteers who
work in other regions in Québec.
Héma-Québec is constantly looking for volunteers who are interested in
getting involved in the cause of giving life. To learn more, consult
the Get involved section on Héma-Québec's Web site or call 514-832-5000, extension 162,
or 418-780-4362, extension 2245.
Héma-Québec aims to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe,
optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to
meet the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise along
with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of
transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.
Héma-Québec counts 1,300 employees, some 3,000 blood drives and more
than 160,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 volunteer partners and
more than 500,000 blood products annually delivered to hospitals in
Quebec to fulfill patients' needs.
Give blood. Give life.
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