On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Bell Centre will host the annual Canadiens–evenko Blood Drive, presented in collaboration with RDS and in support of Héma-Québec. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., donors are expected to help Héma-Québec collect much needed units of blood. Throughout the day, members of the Canadiens organization, Montreal Canadiens Alumni, as well as evenko and RDS celebrities will be there to meet the donors and thank them for their generosity. Sun Life Financial will also be on-site during the event to provide awareness and prevention information on diabetes.
The Canadiens’ Blood Drive was initiated by Jean Béliveau and Claude Mouton in 1981. Since 1998, the Montreal Canadiens organize their drive in collaboration with Héma-Québec, the supplier of blood in Quebec. According to Héma-Québec, the Canadiens’ Blood Drive is of the utmost importance because it represents over two thirds of the daily blood supply in Quebec. It should be known that to meet Quebecers’ needs, Héma-Québec must collect a minimum of 1,000 donations per day. Over the past 30 years, the Montreal Canadiens’ Blood Drive helped save over 100,000 lives.
Héma-Québec was created in 1998 to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; and also provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.
Important Reminder to Donors
According to NHL security policies, no backpack or bag larger than a briefcase will be allowed inside the Bell Centre and no item can be left at the consignment. Furthermore, anyone who underwent a body search upon entering the Bell Centre will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the building.
Who will be there: Montreal Canadiens players, Members of the Montreal Canadiens organization and coaching staff, Montreal Canadiens Alumni
evenko and RDS celebrities Youppi !
Centre Bell – ice level (donors – main entrance at 1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, section 116) Parking: Centre Bell, 1275 St. Antoine West *Bell Centre parking coupons will be provided to donors (according to availability)