BY TAMARA BELKOV
A fleet of motorcycles rolled up to the Canadian Blood Services clinic on Cedar St. Monday. Sleeves rolled up, the burley
looking bunch rode in from Sudbury, North Bay and Sault St. Marie to give blood at the annual Bikers for Life blood donor
Started two years ago by longtime blood donor Maurice Clement, the director of the Sudbury chapter of the Harley Owners
Group (HOG), Bikers for Life was well represented by members of area riding associations the Freedom Riders, Gold Wing Association,
Blue Knights, Southern Cruisers, Women on Wheels and HOG.
Daria Morley, co-ordinator at the clinic welcomed the donation by the civic-minded bikers. “Every unit has
the potential to help save three lives, and last year the bikers gave 50 units of blood,” Morley said.
Last year was the first time for Gold Wing Association provincial director Steve English. The owner operator of Little
John’s sign shop in Garson, English admits he’d though about donating blood for years, but it took the Bikers
for Blood drive to give him the final push he needed.
Fellow Gold Wing rider Bob Lalonde, a materials co-ordinator with Inco, became a regular at the Canadian Blood Services
after 9/11. “I felt it was the only thing I could do to help out,” Lalonde said. “I kept it up. You
don’t know who or when it will be needed.”
Several of the bikers such as HOG member Chris Kemp are regular donors.
Kemp is the vice-president of RBC Dominion Securities and has been riding motorbikes since he was a teen. Having been a
donor, no one was more surprised than he, when four months ago he woke up in hospital to discover he had required a transfusion
to save his life.
Still recovering from the emergency gastric surgery, Kemp will be holding on to his latest donation for another few months.
According to Morley, any healthy person between the ages of 17 and 54 should be able to donate. She reminds would-be donors
it takes an hour to complete the 10 minute procedure, due to the screening process.