/R E P E A T/ - During the holidays, share a unique gift! - Give blood. Give life.

    MONTREAL, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Under the theme "Share a unique gift.
Give blood. Give life," Héma-Québec's holiday season campaign will take place
from December 1, 2007 to January 6, 2008. This is why Héma-Québec and its
community partners will be active throughout Québec to give everyone the
opportunity to share this gift of life.
    This year, why not share your good health with people who are less
fortunate? There is no need to go broke to offer this most priceless gift:
it's free! Each blood donation can help save up to four lives.
    "During this cheerful period when everything goes faster, let's take a
moment to slow down our activities in order to have thoughts for the sick, who
rely on donors' generosity all year long." reminded Dr. Francine Décary,
Héma-Québec's President and Chief Executive Officer.
    During this period, Héma-Québec will visit several cities throughout the
province to hold more than one hundred blood drives. Quebecers are invited to
participate in large numbers! The blood drive list is available on
Héma-Québec's website at: www.hema-quebec.qc.ca.
    For thousands of people, blood transfusion is a life-saving adjuvant
treatment. Every 80 seconds, someone needs blood in Québec. To meet the needs
of hospitals, at least 1,000 blood donations are required every day. This goal
is a daily challenge for Héma-Québec and its partners, as only 3% of Quebecers
are blood donors. And since blood components obtained from blood donations are
perishable products, donations made during the holidays are crucial to
maintain the collective blood supply at an optimal level.
    Héma-Québec would like to remind the public that any healthy person aged
18 years and older who meets eligibility criteria can give blood every 56
days, namely six times per year.
    For questions about the eligibility criteria for donating blood, you can
call 1-800-847-2525 or visit Héma-Québec's website.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie Legault, Public Affairs Coordinator,
(514) 832-0871, www.hema-quebec.qc.ca

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