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  • Community Comes Together in Support of Nick Coates Blood Drive

    The sister of Nick Coates says the annual blood drive in her brother’s name shows just how much support there is from the community.

    Canadian Blood Services held the sixth annual blood donor event in honour of Nick Coates in Foxtrap. He was struck and killed by an impaired driver in August, 2013.

    His sister, Terri-Lee stresses how important blood donors are. She says Nick received 56 units of blood, using the full supply they had that night.

    Coates says there is never enough blood to go around, so if there is a way for them to help another family save a loved one, they will—because every bit helps.

    She says the support from the community is amazing, as they see people from all over come in to donate blood, including those they don’t even know.

    Less Than 4% of NLers Give Blood: Canadian Blood Services

    Meanwhile, the territory manager for Canadian Blood Services in the province says the need for blood is ongoing, as less than four per cent of people give blood.

    Gordon Skiffington says they need 14,000 units of blood every year in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    He says they operate on a three- to five-day supply of blood, so anytime they have an “in honour” blood drive, like the one for Nick Coates, it increases the awareness for blood and blood products in the province.

    Skiffington says whether it’s at a mobile blood clinic or their permanent centre in St. John’s, every donor is important.

    He says only about 50 to 60 per cent of the population can give blood, but less than four per cent actually do, so they need more than 14,000 people to donate.

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