The American Red Cross and the West Virginia river guides are joining forces to stage a Guide Blood Drive July 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Passages To Adventure.

“Our local Red Cross chapter and the whitewater community are working together cooperatively again,” said Roseann Berry, executive director of the Fayette-Nicholas Chapter of the ARC. “For years, we have provided first aid and CPR training for the whitewater industry. Many of our first aid instructors are whitewater guides.

“We ask everyone to come and donate blood. One pint of blood can save three lives. Another plus, there are two great summer campaigns you can be part of. Through Sept. 30 when individuals donate blood, they will receive a ‘Biker’ T-shirt and a chance to win a 2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Motorcycle. It’s all part of the 43-county Appalachian Region’s Keep Your Motor Runnin’ summer blood donor campaign. Also, you will be registered to win two WVU all-season football home tickets. How great is that?!”

“This is another excellent opportunity for the whitewater community to demonstrate its support for the local community,” said Benjy Simpson, owner of Passages To Adventure. “Guides donating blood is both a simple and powerful message to show our community that we as an industry care.”

The Roanoke-based bloodmobile hopes to have 30 pints donated. Berry and Simpson both anticipate that number being over 100 pints.

Through the years, the whitewater industry has been supportive of many community and educational ventures. Each of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources-licensed outfitters has its own charitable cause that it supports each year. The flood of 2001 saw the whitewater industry assist in numerous flood evacuations and support.

The Guide Blood Drive is the “brainchild” of Simpson and Jon Ignaszewski. Ignaszewski is a veteran guide who is the executive assistant for the Fayette-Nicholas Chapter of the American Red Cross. Simpson, a diabetic, has donated over three gallons of blood. Angie Skaggs, a long-time bloodmobile coordinator for Fayette County, will assist Simpson with the drive.

Passages To Adventure is located in Fayetteville off U.S. Route 19 at Maple Lane on Elizabeth Way. The local number is 574-1037.

For information about the Guide Blood Drive, please contact the American Red Cross, which is located on 208 Main Street in Oak Hill in the basement of the Post Office or call 469-4636.

You must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in good general health to donate blood.The American Red Cross and the West Virginia river guides are joining forces to stage a Guide Blood Drive July 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Passages To Adventure.

“Our local Red Cross chapter and the whitewater community are working together cooperatively again,” said Roseann Berry, executive director of the Fayette-Nicholas Chapter of the ARC. “For years, we have provided first aid and CPR training for the whitewater industry. Many of our first aid instructors are whitewater guides.

“We ask everyone to come and donate blood. One pint of blood can save three lives. Another plus, there are two great summer campaigns you can be part of. Through Sept. 30 when individuals donate blood, they will receive a ‘Biker’ T-shirt and a chance to win a 2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Motorcycle. It’s all part of the 43-county Appalachian Region’s Keep Your Motor Runnin’ summer blood donor campaign. Also, you will be registered to win two WVU all-season football home tickets. How great is that?!”

“This is another excellent opportunity for the whitewater community to demonstrate its support for the local community,” said Benjy Simpson, owner of Passages To Adventure. “Guides donating blood is both a simple and powerful message to show our community that we as an industry care.”

The Roanoke-based bloodmobile hopes to have 30 pints donated. Berry and Simpson both anticipate that number being over 100 pints.

Through the years, the whitewater industry has been supportive of many community and educational ventures. Each of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources-licensed outfitters has its own charitable cause that it supports each year. The flood of 2001 saw the whitewater industry assist in numerous flood evacuations and support.

The Guide Blood Drive is the “brainchild” of Simpson and Jon Ignaszewski. Ignaszewski is a veteran guide who is the executive assistant for the Fayette-Nicholas Chapter of the American Red Cross. Simpson, a diabetic, has donated over three gallons of blood. Angie Skaggs, a long-time bloodmobile coordinator for Fayette County, will assist Simpson with the drive.

Passages To Adventure is located in Fayetteville off U.S. Route 19 at Maple Lane on Elizabeth Way. The local number is 574-1037.

For information about the Guide Blood Drive, please contact the American Red Cross, which is located on 208 Main Street in Oak Hill in the basement of the Post Office or call 469-4636.

You must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in good general health to donate blood.

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