MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct 31, 2013) - Whether it is the change in weather, fatigue from a hectic Halloween, or simply the anticipated rush of the upcoming holiday season, one thing is clear-as daylight savings time ends this Sunday at 2:00 a.m., half of Canadians will use the extra hour to catch up on sleep.
Federal Express Canada Ltd. (FedEx Express Canada), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (FDX) commissioned Angus Reid on behalf of Canadian Blood Services to ask Canadians what they would do with an extra hour. The survey revealed many interesting findings:
- 50% of Canadians would use an extra hour a day to catch up on sleep.
- 15% would use the extra hour to pursue personal interests or hobbies.
- Using the extra hour to spend with friends and family would be the priority to 14% of Canadians.
- An extra hour would allow 7% of Canadians to catch up on chores and household errands while catching up on work would be top-of-mind for 4% of Canadians.
- 4% of Canadians would use the extra hour to exercise.
- Only 1% of Canadians would dedicate their extra hour of free time to volunteering.
- Less than 1% percent of Canadians would use that extra hour to donate blood.
"Canadians look forward to the end of daylight savings time as an opportunity to reclaim the most precious of commodities-an hour of free time," said Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada. "FedEx appreciates the value of time. And as a supporter of Canadian Blood Services, we encourage Canadians to use this extra time to consider donating blood, a precious commodity for many patients."
The upcoming holiday season represents a busy time for Canadians, so it stands to reason that an extra hour of free time would most often be enjoyed for personal benefit. However, as chaotic as this time of year can be, Canadian Blood Services relies on Canada's giving nature to find the time to donate blood.
"As Canadians gear up to celebrate the approaching holiday season, many patients will be fighting to celebrate life itself. One leukemia patient can require up to 8 blood donors a week to survive," said Mark Donnison, vice president of Donor Relations for Canadian Blood Services. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of this extra hour to make a blood donation to ensure an adequate blood and platelet supply to hospitals and patients over the next few weeks."
To find a clinic near you or to book an appointment, visit the Canadian Blood Services website: www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
About The FedEx Express Canada Time Change Survey
From October 25 to October 26, 2013 an online survey was conducted among 1,004 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error - which measures sampling variability - is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is one of the world's largest express transportation companies, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air and ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $45 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit http://news.fedex.com.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system. To book an appointment or for more information, visit us at www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE.
About FedEx and Canadian Blood Services
FedEx Express Canada sponsors Young Blood for Life, a national high school donor recruitment program focused on encouraging blood donation among young people. We also support the Canadian Blood Services Partners for Life corporate blood donor program.