July 20, 2005
SaskEnergy Challenges Other Crowns
to Help Save Lives
SaskEnergy fights to remain number one
as it competes with SaskPower and SGI in a corporate
blood donor challenge to boost the supply of much-needed
blood in Saskatchewan. Employees from the three Crowns
gathered at Canadian Blood Services in Regina today to
continue this corporate challenge.
During the summer months there is a vast
need for blood as many regular blood donors are on
vacation, causing shortages in the blood supply
Starting in 2002, SaskEnergy began a
challenge with SaskPower and SGI to see which Crown
could have the most employees donate blood. Since that
time, SaskEnergy has led the way, with its employees
donating 991 units of blood, compared to 769 for
SaskPower and 709 for SGI. One unit of blood can save up
to three lives.
SaskEnergy has a 10 per cent
participation rate, which far surpasses the Canadian
average of three per cent.
"This year, donations made by SaskEnergy
and TransGas employees in Regina will be dedicated to
Candace Weimer, a SaskEnergy employee who is fighting a
very serious blood disease," said Heather McInnis,
volunteer donor co-ordinator for SaskEnergy. "Candace,
and people like her, require regular blood transfusions
to stay alive. Over the past few weeks, there have been
shortages of the blood Candace and many others like her
have needed for transfusions."
During the challenge, SaskEnergy will
also be encouraging employees from all the Crowns to
sign up for the Canadian Blood Services' Unrelated Bone
There are many cases similar to that of
Candace, which demonstrate the need for a constant
supply of blood. This is why the SaskEnergy, SaskPower
and SGI challenge is extremely important.
Donating blood takes as little as one
hour of your time. People willing to donate are asked to
contact Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-donate.
For more information, please contact:
Phone: (306) 777-9842 or (306) 535-6569 (cell)