Today is Valentine’s Day, a day one may associate with bestowing friends and loved ones with colourful paper valentines, cheap candy, chocolate and flowers. Valentine’s Day, of course, is named for Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr, who, as legend has it, married young couples who were in love before they went off to war, which was frowned upon by the church and army at the time. However tragic or romantic (depending on your view), his selflessness has lived on to today.
Although not many of us can attribute our legacies to marrying kids hyped on dopamine and serotonin, we can put ourselves out there as well. How about saving a life? Here’s your chance: the CCH Blood Drive. Throughout the whole month of March, students have the opportunity to compete between all the Lethbridge high schools to see who can donate the most blood for Canadian Blood Services. There are a few restrictions, however. Legally, only students aged 17 or older can give blood, but that doesn’t mean the blood drive is limited to them!
Student Council has been working on some excellent posters to hang around the school to get the word out. The Wellness Committee will also be talking with various classes about the cause, encouraging people to get involved. Everyone knows some adults in some way or another, and if they give blood on account of CCH, it’s another token towards our winning, but more importantly, toward helping people out and saving lives.
On March 8th and March 15th, Canadian Blood Services will be coming to Campus East’s cafeteria, and any student can learn what their blood type is, and how rare it is. This is open to anyone at all, so don’t be afraid to get your finger pricked; it’ll only hurt a little bit.
For more information on the Blood Drive, you can contact Mr. Perron, the orchestrator of this event. To make an appointment to give blood, students, parents, and teachers alike can contact 1-888-2-DONATE.
It’s Valentine’s Day. Many things come from your heart, including love, but more importantly, blood goes through your heart, (and your whole body, really!) and when it comes to a choice between a cartoon character saying something cheesy on a card, or saving someone from certain death, which would you pick? As the Canadian Blood Services say, “It’s in you to give.”
Emily Borthwick is a grade ten student at CCH. She enjoys reading an odd mix of dystopian YA books and classic books, as well as writing sarcastic comments into her presentations and then editing them out because she knows she can’t write things like that. Her favourite things about CCH are the quarter system and her teachers.