April 20, High school teams at Vasaikhi Parade run stem cell swab event, call for donors

Students from Princess Margaret Secondary, Burnsview, Riverside, Pinetree, North Delta, Queen Elizabeth, and a handful of other high schools from across the Lower Mainland have recruited more than 125 volunteers to run a massive stem cell and blood donor drive at the Vasaikhi Parade that typically attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. 

By Marcelo

Students from Princess Margaret Secondary, Burnsview, Riverside, Pinetree, North Delta, Queen Elizabeth, and a handful of other high schools from across the Lower Mainland have recruited more than 125 volunteers to run a massive stem cell and blood donor drive at the Vasaikhi Parade that typically attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

UBC student and Surrey resident Joban Bal has been working with Canadian Blood Services to organize event logistics. “On April 20, our main tent will be on 128 St. and 82 Ave. in Surrey, but we will have a couple smaller tents for information and blood donor sign-up,” he says.

Joban is the founder of One Blood For Life, a volunteer youth group that teams up with university and high schools students to promote blood and stem cell donations. He will be on site at the Vasaikhi Parade and is available to speak with anyone assigned to cover the story of this amazing, collaborative, youth-led effort.

 Joban is available at joban_98@hotmail.com and 778-881-7502.