November 18, 2005 11:50 ET

REMINDER/Annual city of Montreal Blood Drive, Nothing More Precious than Sharing the Gift of Life

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) - The 4th annual city of Montreal blood drive will be held on Tuesday, November 22, in association with Hema-Quebec. The mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, as well as city officials and employees invite all Montrealers to give blood either at the Montreal city hall or Claude-Robillard sports complex from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Did you know that someone needs blood every 80 seconds and that nearly one Quebecer out of seven has had a blood transfusion? The holidays are a period when blood supplies are at a critical low and need to be replenished. Thousands are counting on your generosity. Giving blood is a humanitarian and generous gesture that saves lives. It is also an opportunity to share the spirit of the holidays. Each precious blood donation can save up to four lives," said Mayor Tremblay.

Several boroughs hold blood drives throughout the year. This is true for the Pierrefonds-Senneville borough which will be holding its blood clinic on December 8, from noon to 8 p.m.

You can give blood every 56 days, or six times per year, and there is no risk of contracting a disease. All the equipment used to draw blood is new and sterile, and is destroyed after use.

For more in formation on giving blood, please call 1 888 666-HEMA (4362) or log on to the Hema-Quebec Web site at

Dates to remember:

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 Thursday, December 8, 2005
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Noon to 8 p.m.
Montreal city hall Marcel-Morin community centre
275 Notre-Dame Street East Pierrefonds
Champ-de-Mars Metro 14068 Gouin Boulevard West
Free parking at the Cote-Vertu Metro - 215 and 205 buses
Chaussegros-De Lery building

Claude-Robillard sports complex
1000 Emile-Journault Avenue
Cremazie Metro - 146 bus
Free parking

Contact Information

  • Source: Ville de Montreal
    Information: Stephanie Jecrois
    Media Relations
    514 872-4641