Covid-19 won’t stop the Bucs Blood Drive hustle

Blood; The Central Alberta Buccaneers know it’s in you to give.

The Bucs have worked in close partnership with Canadian Blood Services, and Red Deer Blood services since 2013.

“One of our team mandates that year was to get more involved in the community. The blood drive was one of the very first things we did. It’s really simple, it’s easy, and it’s fun. I personally hate donating blood, but being able to go with your brothers makes it a good experience,” said Todd Lewis, Buccaneers Linebacker and Blood Drive Organizer.

Despite the Pandemic, this year has been no different for the crew. The Bucs continued to push for donations through the pandemic before closing out 2020 with the launch of a two month long blood drive against the Red Deer Titans.

According to Red Deer Blood Services territory manager of donor relations Marissa Stryker, the push could not have come at a better time. While the need for blood is always constant, it is amplified during the months of November, December, and January.

“We definitely experience a dip in donations … the most wonderful time of the year but it’s the busiest time of the year too. I think some people don’t even realize we’re open. The only day we take off is Dec. 25. We need to have that constant flow of blood coming in,” Stryker said. “The need for blood never takes a holiday.”

As it is, Canadian Blood Services must provide hundreds of thousands of litres of blood every day to

keep up with demand.

The additional stress put on the system by the backlog of surgeries caused by the one day wildcat strike healthcare workers took part in earlier this year only served to exacerbate the problem locally.

“Procedures people needed to go through were put on hold. We had a dip where not a lot of blood was being used, then all of the sudden, boom, these hospitals were pushing people through faster and the need for blood just increased. We had to get more donors in for that too, it’s been a roller coaster of a year.”

Nervousness surrounding Covid-19 has been a factor as well, as residents are rightly worried about visiting high contact areas. Stryker assures safety has always been the first priority of Red Deer Blood Services when it comes to their donors. Procedures have been put in place to ensure all health protocols can be followed.

“There are a lot of people who are fearful of leaving their homes to do something like this. That’s good because staying home is what you’re supposed to do, but at the same time, we’re an essential service, where else are hospitals going to get blood?” Stryker said “We’re an incredibly safe place to be. To be honest, we haven’t had to make that many changes. Safety has always been our number one priority.”

The Buccaneers know first hand how safe the process is. They have been leading by example with players signing up regularly throughout the pandemic. The organization is committed to doing whatever it takes to continue to help Red a Deer Blood Services meet their steep and never-ending goals.

Though the need will never disappear entirely, Stryker notes the Bucs contributions have made a difference. Donations are up at Red Deer Blood services by more than 100 per cent since the launch of the drive, with more appointments booked under the Bucs or Titans names daily.

“It’s something I’m personally really proud of. One of the reasons I love the Bucs is it’s a community. It’s not just players, it’s coaches, sponsors, fans and volunteers. When you have a family as strong as the Bucs do, you can make an impact on the community,” Lewis said. “Seeing people run with it and continue to donate even through COVID times, it’s pretty cool to see what people can do and it makes me proud to be a part of it.”
To book an appointment with Red Deer Blood Services, go to https://www.blood.ca/en.

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2020 AFL Season Cancelled

Earlier tonight the voting member teams of the Alberta Football League unanimously voted in favour of cancelling the 2020 season. While we were optimistic we would be taking the field for a shortened season in August, today’s announcement by the Alberta Government left too much uncertainly for our team’s to operate successfully.

The Bucs will be committing the summer to being active in our communities and getting back out on the gridiron for the 2021 season.

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GORD BAMFORD #REDNECK Music Fest – Sat., Jun. 20 | MEGlobal Athletic Park (Lacombe Athletic)

Help Support The Buccaneers and our football field MEGlobal Athletic Park

Time & Location

Jun. 20, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
MEGlobal Athletic Park (Lacombe Athletic, 5644 56 Ave, Lacombe, AB T4L 1N6, Canada

About the Event

Follow the link and purchase your presale tickets before March 26, 2020.

http://bit.ly/CABuccaneers

The Central Alberta Buccaneers along with other local community organizations will receive %15 of all presale tickets sold. The Buccaneers thank you for your support and hope you enjoy the show!


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2020 Spring Camp – Tue., Apr. 21 | MEGlobal Athletic Park (Lacombe Athletic)

Full Equipment, Full Contact, Football!

Time & Location

Apr. 21, 7:00 p.m. – May 09, 11:00 p.m.
MEGlobal Athletic Park (Lacombe Athletic, 5644 56 Ave, Lacombe, AB T4L 1N6, Canada)

About the Event

Join the Buccaneers for their preseason camp. Practices are Tuesday & Thursdays Nights 7:30-9:30pm April 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5 & 7. Wrapping Up Saturday May 9th with our Annual Red vs Black Inner Squad Match 2:00-4:00pm


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E. G. Auctions – Fri., Mar. 13 | Westerner Park

Come check out some classic cars & collectibles with the Buccaneers.

Time & Location

Mar. 13, 6:00 p.m. – Mar. 15, 5:00 p.m.
Westerner Park, 4847A 19 St, Red Deer, AB T4R 2N7, Canada

About the Event

The E. G. Auctions is a work in kind sponsorship for the Central Alberta Buccaneers. Twice a year players get to spend the weekend hanging out with classic cars, and helping the indoor car auction get cars on and off the block! Come check out some sweet rides and say hello to your favorite community team.

 

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Buccaneers Recruitment Underway

The Central Alberta Buccaneers are gearing up for heavy competition in the 2020 season. The AFL has expanded adding 2 new teams in the off season (Peace Country Cowboys & The Edmonton Elite) and welcoming back last seasons 7-1 power house team the Cold Lake Jets. With Buccs 2020 Vision focused on an AFL Championship, Buccaneers recruiters are building depth and adding experience from the CJFL, CIS and NCAA. The Buccs are also excited to see home grown veteran #77 set to return after taking a break in 2019 for another year of Buccaneers Football!

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Buccaneers Fall 3-1 After Home Game Against The Cold Lake Fighter Jets

Buccaneers went to battle Saturday June 22nd against the AFL’s Newest and Still Undefeated Team the Cold Lake Fighter Jets. Final Score of the match was Jets 38-3 over the Bucs. All AFL teams will be able to enjoy the Canada Day Long weekend off and the Buccaneers will spend 2 weeks prepping for their Week 6 Opponents the Ft. McMurray Monarchs (1-3 record). Buccaneers true focus will be maintaining there 2nd place position in the league and eventual grudge match on the road against the leagues Top Guns.

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Week 3 in the AFL

The Bucs reviewed league game film and looked to strengthen Offensive & Defensive systems over their first bye week. The rest of the AFL teams battled over gridiron dominance in tough competition Week 3. Ft. McMurray Monarchs toppled the Airdre Irish 41-20 & Cold Lake Fighter Jets clenched a late 4th quarter 30-21 victory over the Calgary Wolfpack.

The AFL Current Standing are ….(Win:Lose:Tie)

Buccaneers (2:0:0)

Fighter Jets (2:0:0)

Wolfpack (2:1:0)

Monarchs (1:1:0)

Irish (0:3:0)

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Buccaneers ready to take on Airdre Irish June 15

Buccaneers start their season with 2-0 record. After breaking down the game film from the Bucs first two weeks of play coaches and captains look to improve defensive execution on the gridiron. QB Jarrett Burzuk threw for 396 yards week 2 vs. The Monarchs. Burzuk tells his teammates that an even 400 would have been really cool, but can’t thank the 5 Giants in front of him enough for their hard working pass protection allowing for more time in the pocket. Buccaneers on the road to Airdre June 15th week 4 in the AFL.

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