Knights of Columbus #5005 Blood Donor Clinic Collects 94 Units of Blood In October
Robert Plourde, left, and Roger Menard, are Co-Chairs of the Blood Donor Clinic for the Knights of Columbus Council #5005. If you look behind them in the photo, you will see part of the results of the tremendous organization that goes into the mobile clinic that is held at the hall on Emily Street in Hanmer, approximately once a month. Robert and Roger head up a team of about twelve K of C members who are responsible for assisting the Canadian Blood Services staff when it is their turn to supervise, which occurs approximately three or four times a year.

The K of C Council #5005 very generously donate the use of the hall for these clinics. Other Knights of Columbus Councils that rotate in supervising the clinics are: #7368; #10602; and #9922.

Above is Lynn Godin, a mother of three from Hanmer who was donating blood for the first time ever. Cindy Bobbi, a Phlebotomist with the Canadian Blood Services holds the collected blood from Lynn for the photo. For Lynn, "I just wanted to do it. As a mother I know that some day my own children may need blood transfusions so I want to do my part."
As you can see from the photos above and below, the Mobile Clinic is a massive operation that requires the coordinated efforts of a team of approximately 35 to 40 people to run efficiently. Robert Plourde indicated that it is quite a show to watch the staff set up the fourteen beds, equipment and administrative stations to prepare for the three hour event.
While there are quite a few walk-in donors, the Canadian Blood Services prefers that advance appointments be made so that things can run smoothly. In fact, many of the 94 donors who turned out on October 18, 2006, booked their next appointment three months in advance. A phone call reminder is all that will be needed to bring them back.
After the registration, screening, testing and then extraction of blood, Jeannie Chamberlain, Clinic Assistant, handles the packages for the final time, preparing the blood for transport to the main lab in Ottawa for final processing. The whole session from registration to exit takes approximately one hour.

Or you can contact the local offices at (705) 688-7341.

Clinic hours are between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on the following dates: 

November 15
December 21
January 17, 2007
February 21, 2007
March 21, 2007

The main clinic for Sudbury is at:
235 Cedar Street
Sudbury, Ontario
P3B 1M8
Admin.: (705) 674-2636

Clinic Hours for donation of whole blood are:

Monday & Tuesday: from 15:00 - 19:00
Wednesday: from 15:00 - 18:30
Thursday & Friday: from 09:00 - 12:30

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Blais at:
Phone: (705)688-7347
Toll free:  (800) 263-3733

If you would like any further information about the Canadian Blood Services you can visit their web site at:


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