Sikh community in Abbotsford holds blood donor clinic

Sikh community in Abbotsford holds blood donor clinic

Event takes place Saturday, Nov. 11 at Pentecostal Assembly

The Sikh community in Abbotsford is hosting a blood donation drive on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Abbotsford Pentecostal Church, 3145 Gladwin Rd.

Every November, a blood donation campaign labelled “Blood Donation by the Sikh Nation” takes place across the world.

In 1984, Sikhs across India were victims of aggression and unprecedented attacks.

The blood donor event is held to not only to remember the lives lost by Sikhs in 1984, but also to stand against any act of violence or hate towards any individual or group of people.

As a tribute to the events of 1984 and with the vision of bringing people together around the world, the Sikhs started the blood donation campaign in 1999.

The first clinics took place in the Lower Mainland and have since grown to include clinics across Canada, the U.S., Australia and other locations.

The campaign has saved more than 120,000 lives up until December 2016.

The clinics are open to all who wish to donate blood and stand in solidarity against genocide or act of hate of any kind.