Kiera Duffy knows how important it is to give blood.
As “blood champion” of her high school program, the W.L. Seaton Secondary School student has made it her mission to educate her classmates and encourage them to “give the gift of life.”
She successfully convinced a number of her classmates to make their first donation at a clinic held at Trinity United Church in Vernon on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. The goal, she said, is it be first of many.
“I believe that donating blood is one of the easiest ways to change a person’s life. Whether it be the person donating blood, or the person receiving blood, everyone is affected,” Duffy said.
She became passionate about the subject after meeting Gayle Voyer, with Canadian Blood Services at a donor drive last May, shortly after making her first donation — a moment she says was one of the impactful events of her life so far.
“The day I first donated, was indescribable,” she explained.
“I knew that I would definitely be back, little did I know, that soon I would be leading a school to make the same impact.”
Duffy also volunteers at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and plans to pursue the sciences in university, with the goal of eventually “going into medicine.”
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