Prince George and Kelowna are neck-and-neck as they head down the final stretch of the 17th annual Interior Drive for Life (IDFL) challenge. The friendly competition began on Sept. 5 and runs until Oct. 30.
Prince George achieved nearly 99 per cent of their blood donation target to date while Kelowna reached just over 100 per cent of their target, according to a Canadian Blood Services media release. This year’s challenge received an unexpected boost of support in both markets following the Canadian Blood Services official appeal on Sept. 30 to urge Canadians to donate blood immediately to increase the critically low blood inventory.
“While we’ve seen a great response from Prince George residents, the need for blood donations continues,” says Amy Erickson, territory manager in Prince George with Canadian Blood Services.
“The IDFL this year has become more than a local blood drive contest with Kelowna. It’s now also a call to action for as many Canadians as possible to donate and to encourage their friends and family to donate to help increase the national blood supply. Not just now, but on a regular basis going forward.”
The city that collects the most blood donations by Oct. 30 will be declared the winner. Prince George area residents are asked to give blood at the Prince George Donor Clinic at 2277 Westwood Drive which is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local residents who want to book a donation appointment and support the competition and Canada’s blood system can do so at blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283.)