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July 20, 2005 - SaskEnergy Challenges Other Crowns to Help Save Lives

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 Marrow Registry.

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:

Dave Burdeniuk
Manager, Communications
Phone: (306) 777-9842 or (306) 535-6569 (cell)