Blood services partners with Duchene
By Darren Lum
Published July 12, 2016
Hometown boy Matt Duchene, a centre for the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche, is hoping to add an assist to the Canadian Blood Services attempt to score its collection goal this Monday, July 18, at the Haliburton Legion.
Duchene, who is a supporter of local causes and events, didn’t hesitate when he was asked.
“I was asked to do it and thought it was a great cause so I jumped at the chance,” he told the Echo in an email. He will sign autographs and be open for photos. The clinic runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s Autumn Smith was asked by CBS to reach out to Duchene for the appearance.
“They’re trying to raise numbers and increase their profile in the community, so I said I would reach out to Matt and ask, and he said yes,” she wrote in an email.
The Canadian Blood Services regional manager Melissa Smith-McQuire made the request and is excited by Duchene’s appearance.
“We’re really excited to have Matt come out and support the clinic, and lend his voice to help spread awareness about the importance of blood donation – especially at a time when we are encouraging more Canadians to give life. He’s a great role model, especially for young donors,” she wrote in an email.
For more information about making an appointment or for more information visit www.blood.ca.