Story Posted: 2017-04-24
Public Service Announcement: Saskatchewan celebrates National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week
This year, National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) takes place from April 23 to 29. NOTDAW is an opportunity to focus on raising awareness about the critical needs of patients across the country in need of an organ transplant.
During NOTDAW, organ donation agencies across Canada and Canadian Blood Services will be working together to encourage people to talk to their loved ones about their decision to donate. Talking to our families and friends about this decision makes it possible for our loved ones to honour our wishes after we have died.
During the week of NOTDAW, the Saskatchewan Transplant Program has organized the following activities:
Organ and tissue donation flag raisings at Saskatoon City Hall, Regina City Hall and St. Paul’s Hospital.
St. Paul’s Hospital will also be lighting up green (the colour for organ donation) in its windows. This is part of a national green light campaign to say thank you to those who have offered hope to the thousands of people waiting for a transplant through organ and tissue donation. All residents of Saskatchewan are encouraged to light up their home or business in green and spread the word using the #GreenLightProject.
Media interviews upon request throughout the week with physicians, patients and program experts. To arrange for an interview, please call Amanda Purcell at 306-655-3476.
For more information, including quick facts about organ and tissue donation, visit www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/transplant.