Across Canada

Getting back to school isn’t the only thing high school students did this past fall. Many students over the age of 17 learned about saving lives through blood donation with the launch of Young Blood for Life — a nationwide, student-led challenge designed to increase blood donations and the number of first-time donors among students aged 17 and older.

The campaign runs from Sept. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015. During this time, Canadian Blood Services will collect 17,000 units of blood each week across Canada and recruit close to 90,000 new donors. With this year’s goal of registering at least 422 schools to donate 23,000 units of blood, and recruit over 6,500 new donors, Young Blood for Life will play an important role in making this happen.

“New donors are the key to meeting the future need for blood in this country, especially in light of Canada’s aging population,” says Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations at Canadian Blood Services. “Thanks to the efforts of students and teachers across the country, this challenge is making a real difference. Young Blood for Life helps us keep pace with the evolving needs for blood and blood products and increases the number of donors for the future. It gives youth a way to learn more about how they can play an important role in helping to save lives — now and in the future.”

Since 2009, Canadian Blood Services has collected 80,000 donations and recruited 30,000 new donors through the Young Blood for Life program.

Join Young Blood for Life

For more information about the program, email or visit and select Young Blood for Life under “How can I get involved?”