Saturday, May 03, 2008

Bluebirds back organ donation

It looks like the organ donor registration program in the UK is doing quite well, with more than 15 million pledged to give the gift of life.

From News Wales:

Cardiff City FC is kick off a life-saving campaign alongside every other club in the Football League at their final home game of the season by urging supporters to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The appeal coincides with the 40th anniversary of the UK's first heart transplant which took place on May 3, 1968.

The aim is to boost the number of people signing up to the register, a confidential database of over 15.2 million people pledged to help give the gift of life to others after their own death.

The Welsh Assembly Government is considering introducing a scheme of presumed organ donation.

Last year in the UK over 3,200 people received an organ transplant, but the number of people on the transplant waiting list rose to over 9,000. Sadly, around 1,000 people die each year needing a transplant. If more people registered as organ donors more lives could be saved.

You may already have an organ donorcard. However it can get lost or damaged. To make sure people know your wishes are you need to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your friends and family about your decision.

This is your chance to join and maybe save a life one day. Joining the register is easy. Just text 'GIVE' to 84118*, or visit UK Transplant or call the Organ Donor Line on 0845 60 60 400.

“You Have the Power to Save Lives – Sign Your Donor Card & Tell Your Loved Ones of Your Decision”

Register to be a donor in Ontario or Download Donor Cards from Trillium Gift of Life Network
For other Canadian provinces click here

In the United States, be sure to find out how to register in your state at or Download Donor Cards from OrganDonor.Gov

Your generosity can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance another 50 through tissue donation

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