Let the games begin!  

Canadian Blood Services’ Giving Games is an annual competition that challenges Ontario high schools and post-secondary institutions to see which school can “give” the most between Feb. 27 and March 24. This year, the University of Guelph has entered the competition with support from two dedicated students. 

U of G’s involvement with the Giving Games was championed by students Madeline O’Connor and Rachael Henderson as a way to give back to others and to engage the University community with Canada’s lifeline. It’s also helping stir up some friendly rivalry. 

In the Giving Games competition, there are three ways to “give”: 

  • 1 point: Book an appointment to donate blood (130 Silvercreek Pkwy, N, Guelph) 
  • 1 point: Join the stem cell registry (University Centre Courtyard – March 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m.) 
  • 2 points: Post a donation photo on Instagram (tag @UoGCBS and #GivingGames2023) 

U of G participants have the chance to win raffle prizes. The school that “gives” the most receives a trophy – and bragging rights. Most importantly, participating helps make a difference in the lives of others. More information is available on the U of G Giving Games Instagram account – @UoGCBS.

“I’m very passionate about blood donation as it’s such an easy and direct way to help those in need,” says O’Connor. “I think we have an opportunity to truly make a big difference.”

“Everyone who can is encouraged to donate,” says Henderson. “Ask a friend, classmate or colleague to book an appointment and donate at the same time as you. Together, you can make donating blood a new meaningful tradition.”

Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing diseases and disorders. Canadian Blood Services ensures Canadian patients have reliable access to safe, high-quality blood, plasma, stem cells, organs and tissues. The Giving Games competition is run by the Canadian Blood Services Ontario NextGen Volunteer Teams. 

To learn more about the impact your donations can make, visit blood.ca. To learn more about the Giving Games, email Madeline O’Connor (moconn06@uoguelph.ca).