The Tournament City Derby Dolls were a force to be reckoned with on Sunday, not at the arena but at Calvary Community Church.
Canadian Blood Services began clinics at the church on Monday.
Kerry Cardwell, a registered nurse who goes by the name of Bangers and Smash when she’s a blocker for the Derby Dolls, heard about the clinic and spread the word among teammates.
Others agreed that a team effort was needed.
“There’s going to be 16 today and 16 tomorrow donating,” Cardwell said on Monday at the clinic.
Her job is all the impetus Cardwell needs to donate.
“I see it change people’s lives and save people’s lives all the time.”
On a personal level, she knows of at least two teammates and a referee who have received blood transfusions. They didn’t need persuasion to give, either.
“It really touched home.”
Knowing when to strike, the Derby Dolls have issued a challenge to their rivals in the OKRD — the Okanagan Roller Derby in Kelowna.
Maybe they’re onto something. Imagine the headline: League rivalries drive nationwide blitz, ending blood shortage. The possibilities for saving lives are endless.
Mobile blood clinics continue today from noon to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 1205 Rogers Way.