Monday, December 11, 2006

Record number of donors give blood in honor of Canadian troops

OTTAWA, Dec. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Chief of Defence Staff Rick Hillier will be presented tomorrow with cards and wishes from more than 20,000 Canadian blood donors collected between November 1st and 30th to send to our men and women who serve.

From coast to coast, Canadians took the time from their busy schedules to pay tribute to troops and veterans at home and overseas with thousands of heartfelt notes. "This pint of blood is a small appreciation to you," says one donor, "for a brave and dangerous job you are all doing." And another: "I am wearing red every Friday as are my three grandsons. Come home safe."

When OPERATION ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES kicked-off in late October, Canadian Blood Services hoped to exceed last year's "in honour" campaign that gathered over 2,900 signed cards. The year's overwhelming response is a strong message of how proud Canadians are of our Canadian Forces.

  • Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, Canadian Blood Services

  • General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff

  • Gaetan Dallaire, Blood donor and father of fallen soldier

  • WHEN: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 8:00 a.m.

  • WHERE: Canadian Blood Services Head Office
    1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

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