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Kelowna leading Prince George at half-way point of annual blood 'feud'
Canadian Blood Services in Kelowna is out for blood in its annual collection contest with Prince George.
And, at the half-way mark of this year's Interior Drive For Life contest with its northern neighbour, the south is leading the north—just only by a hair.
To date, Kelowna has collected 93.51 per cent (778 unites) of the its 832-unit goal for this point in the contest. Prince George has collected 92.77 per cent (475 units) of its 512-unit goal to this point.
The totals for each city are based on population.
Kelowna was leading by a larger margin earlier inthe contest but has lost a lot of ground recently, say Canadian Blood Services officials here.
“With four weeks to go in this year’s blood drive contest, we’re calling on Kelowna residents to help us build on our early lead and stay out in front of Prince George,” said Gayle Voyer, partnership specialist with Canadian Blood Services in Kelowna.
“Prince George has narrowed the collections gap considerably. Whether you’re a new or returning blood donor in Kelowna now is the time to book your next appointment.”
In the past five years, Prince George has won three times in the annual "blood feud" (2008, 2010, and 2012), while Kelowna took the title in 2009 and 2011.
The city that collects the most blood donations (in relation to its goal) by Oct. 31 will be declared this year’s winner.
Kelowna-area residents can donate at the city's blood donor clinic at 103-1865 Dilworth Drive, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 19.
To book a donation appointment go to blood.ca or call 1-888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).