The Sikh Nation (Sikh Quom) around the world reaches out and embraces the vision that all humans should live a safe and happy life. Our blood donation campaign in November represents a look to the past and a view to the future, coming together as humans around the world.
Our dedicated group of volunteers held the first blood donation event 23 years ago in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Since then our annual event has expanded to include donation events across Canada.
We have helped save over 165,000 lives over the past two decades through national blood donation events. Sikh Nation has also become Canadian Blood Services’ largest contributor to the pledge-based Partners for Life program. Our volunteers are committed to ensuring Canada’s national system for blood and other life essentials reflect our country’s cultural mosaic.
The Sikh Nation community has joined the Partners for Life program. This program allows organizations to track donations from registered members and work towards a yearly donation goal. Teamwork, dedication and commitment are essential to meeting goals.
5 easy steps to join the Sikh Nation team
- Set up an account on blood.ca/PFL or the GiveBlood app for Apple or Android.
- Select ‘partners’ from the menu.
- Select ‘join a team’ and type ‘Sikh Nation’ (it will appear in the drop down list).
- You can join the national team as well as a regional team.
- Book your next appointment with your team via ‘team bookings’ (visible under your team name).
Sikh Nation donors are committed to supporting patients and Canada’s Lifeline. Although 55 per cent of their donations each year happen in November, many Sikh Nation members are regular donors.
Sukhdeep Singh has been a volunteer with the Sikh Nation initiative since its inception. “By helping to save lives we want to commemorate those who lost their lives,” he said.
“The campaign is designed to bring people together by saving the lives of our fellow Canadians,” says Jastej Kaur of Blood Donation by Sikh Nation. “Through this partnership, the Sikh community in Canada has come out in droves and many have gone on to become regular blood donors.”