White Plains Rugby and Suburbia Roller Derby to Sponsor Blood Drive Benefiting White Plains Hospital

Saturday, January 24, 2015

9 AM – 1 PM

White Plains Hospital Auditorium

41 East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601

(Parking on Davis Avenue - validated)

“Give Blood Play Rugby” is a tongue-in-cheek saying that has been joked about within the rugby community for generations.   The White Plains Rugby Football Club, however, has put the expression to better use by sponsoring semi-annual blood drives to benefit White Plains Hospital for the past 30 years.   This year is no exception with the Club beginning 2015 on a positive note by co-sponsoring the blood drive for the third time with Suburbia Roller Derby.

Jodi Caputocreed, head of White Plains Hospital’s Blood Donor Center, states that “Now is an excellent time of year to give blood as supplies are low.”  Other reasons:

  • Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion!

  • 20 percent of recipients are children – many are cancer patients!

  • Giving blood is 100 percent safe!

  • One pint of blood from one donor can save up to three lives!

  • It’s about life.

  • Donating will not cost you money.

  • About 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than 4 percent do!

  • At least 500 pints of blood must be collected every day to meet the needs of area patients.

  • We import more than 20 percent of our blood supply.

  • If donors gave two to four times a year, it would prevent blood shortages.

She went on to say that the Rugby Club and Suburbia’s efforts can be credited with saving hundreds of lives.

Giving blood is truly the gift of life.  White Plains Rugby welcomes friends, family, and other rugby organizations to participate in its blood drives.  Donors must be at least 17 years of age and in good health.   Please join us for the blood drive on January 24th, and afterwards at Ron Blacks in White Plains for food and refreshments. 

White Plains Rugby Football is a 501c3 amateur athletic organization dedicated to playing, promotion and development of rugby football for youth and adults in Westchester County NY.   Formed in 1972, White Plains Rugby has a rich history of success both, nationally and internationally.   White Plains Rugby is a first division club in the NY Metropolitan Rugby Union

Suburbia Roller Derby (SRD) is Westchester County, New York's only women's flat track roller derby league. Founded in June 2007, the league is made up of 2 travel teams and 3 intraleague-play home teams. Suburbia Roller Derby's mission is to provide a healthy, safe environment (both emotionally and physically) for women, ages 18+, to learn and play the sport of flat track roller derby. 

White Plains Hospital is a leading healthcare provider in Westchester County and home to many renowned programs and services. The Hospital offers much of the technology and specialty care usually found at large teaching hospitals, and combines it with compassionate care close to home.

Ron Blacks is a White Plains restaurant & pub offering a wide variety of beers, along with lunch and dinner specials.  Ron Blacks is an official sponsor of White Plains Rugby and White Plains Hospital.