During the start of isolation to help stop the spread of Covid-19, my son's fiancée, a flight nurse with STARS based in Winnipeg, told me she had just donated blood with the Canadian Blood Services. I thought that was a great idea especially during this time of the pandemic and, for the first time in about 40 years, I made an appointment in mid-April to also be a blood donor. As a senior instructor in Taekwondo, I thought that this might be a way to get our membership involved as a group in donating the gift of life. So on April 17th I posted this message on our Spirit 1 Taekwondo facebook page "A challenge to the older students of Spirit 1 Taekwondo and the parents of the younger ones. Do you feel a bit left out from our activities during this time sitting at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic? In a small way you can contribute in the effort to fight this invisible demon - join me in a challenge to donate your blood, the gift of life to others in need. Let's fill the page I started with the blood drops that have your name and number in sequence. This could be a challenge to other taekwondo clubs to do the same. We are #1 in medals - will we be also #1 in the giving of life?"
Unfortunately, the response to date to my challenge has been tepid to say the least but those who did give blood have all made appointments to donate again. My son's fiancée has even said that she will "drag" my son to his first ever blood donation. These blood donors are all members of the Lorette Branch of Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy. As an ongoing project to document the hi-lites of our 2020 season, I prepared a page of "blood droplets" which has now been updated to include the committed contributions. I will be posting this on our facebook page with a renewed challenge for blood contributions. The page is attached.
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