Prince George has narrowed the lead to one per cent in the Interior Drive for Life in the third week of the challenge.
“Kelowna has a slight stutter in their collections,” said Prince George’s community development co-ordinator for Canadian Blood Services.
Prince George collected 157 units of blood, 121 per cent of its goal of 130. Kelowna collected 179 units, 94 per cent of its goal of 184 target.
Prince George had lagged further behind in the first two weeks of the nine-week challenge.
“The clinic has been extremely busy in the last three weeks, and we definitely appreciate the patience of our donors during this challenge,” Engler said. “If we can keep this up, we are sure to win.”
This year’s drive is billed as Game Seven between the two cities. Each has collected more than the other in the past six drives. In keeping with the hockey theme, the losing city of this year’s challenge must fly the winner’s flag over city hall and its mayor has to wear the winner’s WHL team jersey.
There are seven weeks left in the challenge, which ends Oct. 21. Kelowna’s total target is 1,656 and Prince George’s is 1,170.
Those who go to the clinic can also enter a draw for a return trip for two to Vancouver or Victoria, he said. No donation is necessary.
The clinic, at 277 Westwood Drive, next to Arby’s, will be open Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The clinic will also be open Saturday, Oct. 16. There are is no Wednesday clinic that week.