The C-Eng Blood Bowl
In 2023, we're bringing back an old C-Eng tradition from decades ago, the C-Eng Blood Bowl! Compete with your stream society against all others to see who can donate the most blood in this week-long event! Anyone who donates walks away with swanky patches for their flightsuit, and the winning society earns the right to show off the coveted Blood Chalice—complete with a shiny plate engraved with their logo—until the next year's Blood Bowl. And best of all, it's for a great cause!
Don't worry if you're not eligible to donate, or if you've already donated in the last couple of months and have that ability on cooldown. We've got you covered. Head down to the Eligibility section to find out how you can still get in on the event and earn points for your society!
This year's Blood Bowl will be taking place from: March 27th to March 31st
Check out the rankings on the bulletin board in the 3300 block or by clicking the link below.
How to Donate
Record Your Donation!
Donating is easy! Just book a time and show up! Then it's a matter of sitting down, relaxing for a few minutes, and collecting your snacks. You can also walk in and get everything set up on the spot, but it takes a bit longer and there's no guarantee they'll have a free chair waiting for you, so make sure to follow the steps below if it all possible!
Check Your Eligibility
Hop on over to Canada Blood Services and take the eligibility quiz, or read up on what sorts of things might make a person ineligible to donate blood. They've made quite a few changes in the last two years, so check out the most updated information using the links below!
If you're not eligible, don't fret. Just convince a friend to donate, then go with them for moral support and you'll both get points! Just make sure to take a selfie while you're there!
Book a Time
Again, this isn't strictly necessary, but it helps the clinics reduce wait times and makes sure there's a chair waiting for you when you get there. 10/10, highly recommend booking a slot ahead of time.
The main clinic is at 1575 Carling Ave, but where you donate isn't important. You can also book a time before the week of the Blood Drive. The aim is to get as many donations as we can, so book a time when and where works best for you!
Show Up for Your Timeslot
All that's left once your time is booked is to show up, take a seat, and get ready for your snacks!
There are a few things to remember on the day of your donation:
Bring your donor card (if you've donated before) or a piece of government ID with you. It needs to show your name and date of birth.
Make sure you're extra-hydrated! Drink water throughout the day, then have a full 500 mL just before donating.
Eat well! Make sure you're well-fed and have a salty snack just before (they have plenty at the clinic).
If you're on any medication, make sure you know which ones. Most are fine for donating blood, but some aren't.
Click the link below for more details about the donation process and Canada Blood Services' FAQ page.
Get Your Points!
Now that you've donated, you need to let us know! Fill out the form below with your name, stream, and some sort of proof that you've donated. This can be a selfie of you in the donation chair (or your friend, if you're not eligible) or a screenshot of the date of your last donation in your blood.ca account.
There are a few other details you can optionally include; we've got some extra prizes in store for the people with the best stats...
Point tallies are updated at the end of each day (sometimes earlier, too, if a bunch come in overnight), so check the rankings regularly and make sure to rally people in your stream society to go donate!
The Main Patch
This one you buy at the CSES Office, with all proceeds going to CHEO.
The Blood Bowl happens but once a year, but the average person can donate much more. Show how much of a giver you are with a blood droplet for each extra donation you make in the year leading up to the Blood Bowl! This can include blood, plasma, or STEM cells (including getting tested for a match).
Ring segments, like chevrons for some other C-Eng events, are earned by attending successive Blood Bowls. Earn 4, and you'll complete the full ring! These will be distributed after the week is finished.
But wait, there's more...
Submit a screenshot of the stats from your donation (hemoglobin levels, duration, etc.) for your shot at these sweet extra special patches!
[ DESIGNS STILL TBD ]
Awarded to the person with the highest donation volume in the last year.
Awarded to the person with the highest hemoglobin levels.
Awarded to the person with the fastest donation time.
Awarded to the person with the longest donation time.
The stream society with the most donations by the end of the week will win the coveted Blood Chalice and earn the right to display it in their office. At least until the next Blood Bowl, when they'll need to defend their title as the biggest givers... A plate engraved with the winning society's logo will also be affixed to the base of the chalice, forever immortalizing their generosity and teamwork.
Send any questions, concerns, complaints, comments, exclamations, accusations, inquisitions, or inquiries to the Blood Bowl Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
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