LVTC & AGRHS open their doors for their 4th consecutive blood drive

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LVTC & AGRHS open their doors for their 4th consecutive blood drive

The Lennoxville Vocational Training Centre (LVTC) in partnership with Alexander Galt (AGRHS) is hosting its 4th annual blood drive on April 4th, 2018 under the following Honorary Chairmanships that have inspired us all with their spirit and courage over the years. Marc-André Skelling (4th year chairmanship), a courageous and kind-hearted man native to East-Angus with Hodgkin’s lymphoma disease and Justine Gagnon (2nd year chairmanship), a beautiful spirited little girl native to Sherbrooke born with Blackfan-Diamond disease (rare bone marrow disease needing blood on a regular basis to live).
 It began in 2015 with the compassion of LVTC’s driven team of students from the Professional Sales and Representation program along with their dedicated teachers. How can we become involved in a project that would engage us and allow us to put to practise our newly acquired competencies as well as give back to the community? The story of 23 year old East-Angus native Marc-André Skelling and his search for a stem cell donor to help him fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma inspired the students to do something. Marc-André became honorary chairman for the blood drive for the first year and each year thereafter for his 4th year in 2018.
 The project included an expanded team effort involving LVTC and AGRHS students and teachers. The students in Health Assistance & Nursing (LPN) program volunteered by assisting the nurses from Héma-Québec for the blood collection and answering health related questions. Students from the Secretarial Studies programs became involved in scheduling reservation appointments for LVTC and AGRHS staff and students over 18 years wishing to donate blood. Dedicated students and teachers from AGRHS in science and community classes began volunteering by talking to their parents and family members and to other students about the need for blood donation to sustain life. They also became involved in other ways including welcoming and giving out snacks and drinks to donors. The students in the Professional Sales and Representation program at LVTC were awarded local and regional recognition in the Quebec entrepreneurship contest in 2015 for their project. The students and staff from LVTC and AGRHS combined their efforts and considerably surpassed the targeted goals set out by Héma-Québec by up to 40 donors for 2 out of the 3 years and helped contribute awareness and contribution for stem cell and plasma donation. We are looking ahead to another successful drive this year!
 Please give blood if you are able on Wednesday April 4th, 2018 at the Alexander Galt cafeteria between 2:30-7:30pm and spread the word! For more information about giving blood visit the following website
 Give blood. Give life.

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