This week two Niagara Rotary Clubs conducted a joint blood donation drive at the Canada Blood Services (CBS) clinic in Welland.  Five Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Welland joined with nine from the Rotary Club of Fonthill together with seven partners and friends.  A total of 21 blood donations were collected as a result of this combined effort. In addition, Welland Rotarian and community volunteer extraordinaire Freddie Farnum returned as a CBS volunteer manning the refreshment table.

The campaign is in response to the recent ‘Holiday Heroes’ challenge by District 7090 for Clubs to band together to help fill the gap in the blood supply on both sides of the border.  There is a critical need for donors at this time of year and the pandemic has heightened that need this year.

On the US side donors can visit to register and on the Canadian side donors can register at

“As Governor I have asked all clubs to consider donations of blood throughout the District and for clubs to partner up where feasible. Many clubs have taken on the challenge.

As AG and donor, David Alexander pointed out that this clinic can be attended multiple times throughout the year and suggested a joint meeting with a representative from CBS as our speaker.

Thank you all for taking the challenge, especially the 7 first timers.  Well done.”

District Governor Frank Adamson (84-time blood donor)
Rotary District 7090