Black History Month blood drive in Montreal looks to address shortage

As part of Black History Month, Héma-Québec teams up with a Little Burgundy adult education centre to raise awareness and seek blood donations from the black community.

Adult education centre in Little Burgundy hosts special blood drive with Héma-Québec

Saturday's blood drive takes place at the Centre d’éducation des adultes at 2515 Delisle St.

Héma-Québec aims to boost its blood donations from the black community with a Black History Month blood drive on Saturday in Little Burgundy.

Despite an increase in donations over the past few years, Héma-Québec says work still needs to be done to bolster donations from minority groups. 

"Sickle-cell anemia has caused me many complications here and there in my life," Delano George, 40, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak Thursday while he discussed the upcoming blood drive.

"I had a situation where I was looking for blood myself and was having trouble."

George added that his blood transfusions didn't need to come from the black community but that it enhanced his chances of finding a match.

Individuals with sickle-cell anemia may need numerous transfusions at regular intervals.

Héma-Québec calls an increase in donations over the past few years a "quantum leap" – going from 200 donors in 2010 to 4,050 in 2015 – but there is still a great need for donations from minority groups.

"Don't wait until a situation happens to a family member or loved one to give blood and care," George said. 

Saturday's blood drive is organized with the Table ronde du Mois de l'histoire des Noirs and taking place at the Centre d'éducation des adultes, located at 2515 Delisle St. from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.