Give blood June 4, drive’s 25th anniversary

UNC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Carolina Blood Drive with a drive on June 4 that has a goal of collecting 1,000 units of blood.

The blood drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. Campus and community members can make an appointment to give blood or volunteer at the blood drive at unc.edu/blood or by calling 919-605-3045. To find out whether you are eligible to donate, see blooddrive.web.unc.edu/donor.

To mark the 25th anniversary, several prominent Tar Heels are lending their support to the cause, including UNC athletic director, Bubba Cunningham; Patti Thorp; UNC’s executive vice chancellor and provost, Bruce Carney; former Voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham; and more.

Various prizes, such as tickets to athletics events, autographed memorabilia and gift certificates, will be given away throughout the day. Everyone who donates blood will receive a Carolina Blood Drive t-shirt.

“Carolina has set the standard throughout the state as a model for other schools, and the Carolina Blood Drive has been a flagship event for many years, touching tens of thousands of lives along the way,” says Caroline Allison of the Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

In 24 years, the Carolina Blood Drive has collected 21,786 units of blood impacting as many as 65,358 lives.

Published May 20, 2013.