Héma-Québec’s holiday campaign makes good headway

Montréal, December 30, 2003 - Héma-Québec invites the population to donate blood during the holiday season. To date, more than 23,000 people have given blood at one of the 150 blood clinics held throughout Québec.

Under this year's theme of From Me to You, Héma-Québec's holiday season campaign is taking place from December 1, 2003, to January 11, 2004. By the end of the campaign, Héma-Québec will have held some 200 blood clinics with various partners in the community to welcome 35,000 donors throughout Québec.

Blood continues to be an essential, perishable and irreplaceable product. Anyone who is in good health can give blood. An individual giving blood for the very first time must be between 18 and 60 years old. Those who give blood regularly can continue to do so until they are 70. Eligible donors can give blood every 56 days, or six times a year.

Since its creation in September 1998, Héma-Québec has welcomed 1,400,000 donors at 9,000 blood drives organized in collaboration with community partners throughout Québec. Last year alone, Héma-Québec delivered more than 400,000 blood products to hospitals in order to meet patients' needs.

Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes and human tissues to meet the needs of all Quebeckers; and to provide and develop expertise and services, along with specialized and innovative products, in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

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