Tomorrow marks this year’s edition of the largest annual life-saving campaign in British Columbia.
The Sikh Nation Blood Drive takes place every year in November, in remembrance of the Sikh Genocide of Delhi in 1984. During this tragic event, over 8,000 Sikhs were killed by mobs targeting Sikh neighbourhoods and residents across India, an event Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh called a genocide in 2014.
“While we honour the victims of this horrific and horrible loss of innocent life in Delhi, we are undertaking a campaign to save lives,” Tera Singh of Sikh Nation said in a press release. “[It affects] the lives of our fellow Canadians, who will directly benefit from the blood donated by the community.”
Since beginning in 1999, the Sikh Nation Blood Drive has benefited the lives of over 104,000 Canadians. In 2014, the Sikh Nation Blood Drive donated approximately 2,300 units of blood, with over 400 new donors added to Canadian Blood Services.
There are two locations for the blood drive, one in Vancouver and one in Surrey, but please be aware that peak times are expected to be between 12 and 1 p.m., so plan your visit accordingly.
When: Saturday, November 7
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: 4750 Oak Street, Vancouver / 15285 101 Avenue, Surrey