TRURO, N.S. – Andre Myette looks like a tough guy in the wrestling ring, but don’t let that fool you.
There’s also a soft side to this big, burly body-slammer; a gentle and caring man who regularly gives to help others in need.
Myette has been a blood donor for about 12 years, and will be donating at a clinic on May 23 in Truro.
“I just heard something about a blood donation clinic on the radio one day and I thought, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t,” he recalled. “I went the first time and it was a good feeling knowing I helped someone.
“It wasn’t really painful and it doesn’t take long. Often, you barely feel it – and you get a free cookie.”
Myette, who competes in New Breed Wrestling as ‘The Answer,’ talked to some other wrestlers about promoting blood donation. Those from New Breed Wrestling are encouraging fans to join them at the Truro clinic, while Red Rock Wrestling competitors hope fans will take part in the P.E.I. events.
“We’re hoping to have a friendly competition and help people,” said Myette.
“Blood donation is one of those things that’s hard to put the importance of into perspective unless you, or someone you’re close to, really needs it. We all know someone who needed blood, and it’s a tragedy if it’s not available. I have wrestling friends and a great uncle who required blood. Giving blood is a minor thing to do, but it makes a big difference.
The Canadian Blood Services will be holding a blood drive in Truro May 23-25 at Immanuel Baptist Church Hall. Appointments can be booked online at https://blood.ca/en/user/login