Imagine yourself waking up in a hospital, with a bag of blood hanging over your head, slowly dripping life into your veins. Yep, some stranger just saved you from a one way ticket to the other side of the grass. How would you feel? Happy? Glad? You’d better be!
My name is Bill. I don't have the wealth to build a school; don't have the influence to change laws. I'm almost 20 years old and still live with my parents. I'm your typical nobody. Guess what? Tomorrow, this nobody could be saving somebody’s life: it could be an entrepreneur who sends food to refugees; it could be an officer who puts murderers behind bars; it could be you.
Over half of Canadians have received blood products or know a family member who did (1). Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood (2). Giving blood will not decrease your strength (3 US). A teaspoon of blood can save a baby’s life while still in the womb (4 UK). Every week Australia needs 26,000 blood donations (5). Statistics show that 25 percent or more of us will require blood at least once in our lifetime (6 US).
I’m a regular donor; I donate every 2 months. Sure, I could be saving up to 18 lives a year and feel very good about myself, but the demand for blood grows faster than donations, which means thousands of lives are lost each year. Yes, the blood clinic is not on the way home; yes, the process takes up almost 1 hour (5 to 15 min of actually donating); I’d say those are a good trade off considering that 1 hour of your life may just become a lifetime for others. That’s why I created BCMoto – a member of the Partners for Life programme that encourages people to donate.
As bikers, we each have our own distinct community, be it BC Cruisers, BC Sport Bikes, Dual Sport BC. Our community is pretty big, and rather special, because we are one big family (you don’t see cagers waving to other cagers, if you do, get your eyes checked). We cruise in the wind with style, we bounce off rev limiters, we tread mud while throwing rocks at the sucker behind us; we take pride in our ride. So why not take pride in what we can do – give life? This family of two-wheeled hogs, asshats, hooligans, could earn some outstanding recognition as blood donors, life savers, etc. That sense of pride would be like no other.
There are 82,000 licensed motorcycles (7) in BC, assuming each rider owns 20 bikes (yea right), that’s 4,100 riders out there, which means at least 2,200 riders are eligible to donate. For argument’s sake, let’s say 90% of you are afraid of needles and/or blood, which still leave 220 capable bodies. If each one of you takes just 1 hour out of the year 2010, we could be saving 660 lives. WOW.
This write up reflects my genuine thoughts and feelings straight from the bottom of my heart, it may sound like a sales speech, in a sense, it is. I feel strongly about the good work Canadian Blood Services is doing, that’s why I’m doing as much as I can to help out. I don’t receive any benefits from doing this (besides feeling great), it’s just what I can do to help out and I plan to use every last bit of my limited influence. Donating blood is not like voting, every donation counts – would you like to save a life today?
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=210162584647
1st BCMoto Vancouver Blood Drive (Sat, Feb 13, 2010): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=258379464096
27 January 2010
BCMoto - Partners for Life ID is now available: BCMT010770
In order to register as a team member and/or sign up as a new donor, visit www.blood.ca/partnersforlife
- click Join
- click as a Member
- sign up!
- Phone 1-888-2-DONATE to book an appointment
Please check the facebook group for the most up-to-date info. Organised blood drives (rides) will be posted in the ride section as well as facebook. You can also donate on your own time.