I am are you?

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I was 18 when I first went into hospital pregnant, on bed rest, scared out of my mind.  It was a few weeks later, once I’d turned 19, that I gave birth to my very sick little daughter.  I’d never really given much thought to blood or organ donation until then.  But it became the most important thing in my life for a few months – Kiera had several transfusions in her short little life, and thanks to the generosity of her uncle Baboo, whose blood was a close match to hers, I was given just a little more time with her. It was then that I went down the hospital elevator a few floors to find the organ donors office.  You see, as I have a hole in my heart I can’t donate blood.  But after I die, I’ve decided to give everything possible over to people who would need it more than I will.  It’s my way of giving it back, or paying it forward.  I’ve also recruited quite a few family members and friends to do the same.

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A few years later, that same uncle Baboo, my brother, was shot on duty as a policeman in the dog unit.  He was deemed critical and spent a few weeks in ICU and his family (us) were unsure of his recovering odds.  Suffice it to say, without the donations received, my brother would not be here today.

The Organ Donor Foundation needs my help, your help, our help.  They need awareness, yes, but mostly they need donations.  Please consider helping them, if not for me, then for you.  You’ll never know how or when or why, but someone you love might rely on them, and without our help now, they might not exist later.

Our greatest and most urgent need, is to continue with our drive to educate and convince all South Africans to register as organ donors. This is our most challenging and costly ongoing project and needs sustainable and continuous funds. Your monthly contribution can make a huge difference. You can help by giving a monthly contribution of R100.00 and it will only take a few minutes of your time. Simply click here. This will take you to a page on our website where you can give your details, to make your contribution. Your R100.00 monthly contribution, will guarantee that our ongoing efforts to help those desperately needing organ transplants, continues…

Samantha Volschenk

Executive Director

Organ Donor Foundation

 

I’d like to use this little soapbox to also ask you to please consider signing on as a donor here

 

5 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    My high school best friend was murdered in cold blood a few years ago. It made the headlines, and it was revealed that she was an organ donor. It inspired me, and within a week, I was registered as an organ donor too. Keeping your organs after death just doesn’t make sense to me.

  2. Bridget McNulty says:

    I’m an organ donor too, and try to soapbox as many people as possible into becoming one – it literally takes no time to sign up, and you won’t ever notice the huge difference you’re making in someone else’s life! If you’re going to be cremated anyway, why not do something useful with your bits before you head off into the wild unknown?

  3. Angel says:

    My knucklehead and I are organ donors, and my Glugster is a regular blood donor. Unfortunately they don’t want my blood because of my allergies.

  4. MeeA says:

    I’m not a registered organ donor – I should fix this – but my husband knows that I would like for my organs to be donated when I can no longer use them…

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