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Organ donation - the gift of life

Our logo of the interlacing circles is a metaphor for the three key participants in the organ donor story - the donor, the family of the donor and the recipient.

The 'life circles' indicate the connection all three participants have with each other - the donor's gift of an organ, the family who gave permission for this process to occur in a time of incredible emotional stress, and the recipient who receives the organ because of this generosity.

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It is an emotional time for all concerned, and they will be linked through this intimate process forever. Yet the donor/family never meet the recipient - or know each other's identities, hence the life circles never quite meet.

The stylized strokes of the three circle elements also represent the cycles of all things living - that there is a beginning and an end, and in the context of organ donation life can be renewed from the ending of another.

Through death comes the gift of life.

 

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