During National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, BC Transplant reminds us of the importance of registering your wishes for organ donation.
Last week, the news of hockey player Logan Boulet’s organ donation following the terrible tragedy in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, caused many British Columbians to honour him by registering their own organ donation decisions in his memory. What’s being now called the “Logan effect” resulted in a significant spike in online registrations to BC’s Organ Donor Registry.
April 22-29 is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW), and BC Transplant is keeping this life-saving conversation going by sharing stories about the benefits of organ donation and the life-saving effects of transplantation. There are a number of initiatives happening around the province—here’s how you can get involved:
#LightUpGreen for Organ Donation
On April 25, BC Transplant and the Kidney Foundation will host a public registration event to help raise awareness and increase registrations. To demonstrate just how organ donation saves and transforms lives, the event will also feature two Zumba demonstrations led by a double-lung recipient.
The public event also coincides with the national #LightUpGreen initiative – which will see buildings and landmarks across Canada light up green the evening of April 25 in support of organ donation. Be sure to head out at sunset to catch the view and share your photos on social media.
|Coquitlam||Lafarge Lake Fountain and SkyTrain pillars|
|North Vancouver||North Vancouver Municipal Hall|
|Port Coquitlam||City Hall|
|Port Moody||City Hall|
|Surrey||Civic Plaza at City Hall|
|Vancouver||Canada Place Sails|
On Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26, BC Transplant will hold a registration blitz with a goal of 4,800 registrations for organ donation in 48 hours.
Help keep this important conversation going and encourage your fellow British Columbians to register their decision. Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #48in48 and #Register2Give on social media.
Have you registered your wishes?
This year, we invite you to have a conversation about organ donation with your family and friends – make sure they know your wishes. Your conversation could save a life. Register your wishes online at transplant.bc.ca