Blood donations often decrease during summer months, said Canadian Blood Services.

Quesnel blood donors will have to travel to give

Despite call for donors, Canadian Blood Services is not offering increased mobile blood clinics for regional areas.

On Tuesday Aug. 22, the Canadian Blood Services put out a call for blood donors, saying they have 25,000 appointments to be filled by Labour Day.

But a search for clinics near Quesnel, B.C. on Blood.ca brings up zero results.

The Observer spoke to a media representative with Canadian Blood Services to find out what they suggest for individuals in rural areas who are keen to donate.

“Your closest permanent clinic is in Kelowna,” said the representative.

“Kamloops runs a mobile clinic a few days a month.”

She urged those who travel to plan to visit a donor clinic while on the road.

Canadian Blood Services provides blood to hospitals across the country, and the representative said things like the cost of labour, and of transportation of the blood to and from the testing facilities, has contributed to the closure of smaller, regional donor clinics. Prince George’s blood clinic closed for these reasons in May 2015.

The representative could not comment on whether more regional mobile donor services would be offered in the future.