“Donating blood helps build community and makes such a difference in the lives of people in Canada,” says Jastej Kaur, a volunteer for Sikh Nation in British Columbia.
For more than 20 years, Sikh Nation has partnered with Canadian Blood Services in a series of annual donation events in several provinces across the country. In fact, it has become Canadian Blood Services’ largest Partners for Life donor group in the B.C. and Yukon region and one of the organization’s largest donor groups in the country.
Since the partnership began, Sikh Canadians have helped save nearly 150,000 lives.
In 2019 alone, participants in Sikh Nation’s blood donation campaign donated more than 2,700 units of whole blood. About half of all the blood collected through this partnership has come from a single annual event that serves to commemorate their past.
“We are pleased and proud to have the opportunity to help give life in this way,” says Sukhdeep Singh, another volunteer with Sikh Nation.