Each year the lives of many New Zealanders are saved and transformed through the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families.
Thank You Day, held on Sunday 18th November 2018, is an opportunity for the New Zealand community to join together and show their appreciation to organ and tissue donors and their families for giving so generously and changing lives
People of all ages need organ and tissue transplants and a transplant can mean the difference between life and death, being immobile or physically active, between someone needing care or being able to take care of themselves and their families, being blind or being able to see.
This Thank You Day, Organ Donation New Zealand (ODNZ) has created a video showing just how life changing organ transplants can be the people who receive them. Three recipients share their journeys; Lisa Erikson, a double lung transplant recipient, Marlon Naepi, a two time liver transplant recipient and Bryan Eckersley, a heart transplant recipient.
The lives of Lisa, Marlon and Bryan and that of their families have been transformed by their transplants and they are all very grateful to their donors and their donor families. All three recipients endeavour to live life to the full and make the most of the second chance they have been given.
Help share the Thank You Day Message
Join Lisa, Marlon, Bryan and many other transplant recipients, families and health professionals across New Zealand in saying thank you to organ and tissue donors and their families.
* Share the Thank You Day video showing how organ transplants change lives by using the hashtags #ThankYouDayNZ #OrganDonationNZ (Full video to be released here on Sunday 18th November)
* Share your own personal message of thanks by creating a selfie or short video and sharing it on social media**. If you would like to share your message with a wider audience and join in the national conversation on Thank You Day remember to make your post public and use the hashtags #ThankYouDayNZ #OrganDonationNZ
* Print and share the Thank You Day and Transplant Recipient posters and display them at your workplace, community group or school. Ask your friends, familiy and local businesses to display them too! The QR code on the poster links directly to the Thank You Day video - simply open your phone's camera and hover your phone over the QR code as if you are about to take a photo.
* Organise an event in memory of your donor and to say thanks to those who have supported you. We have heard of transplant recipients also participating in fun runs, talking at their local community group or church and planting flowers in honour of their donor.
* We will be sharing messages of thanks from transplant recipients in the media. If you would like to share your transplant experience with your local newspaper, please contact ODNZ. We can help facilitate interviews, provide information on Thank You Day and organ donation and help to ensure the articles are respectful to you and your donor family.
**Remember: If you or someone in your family is a transplant recipient, please do not share your date of transplant. This is to respect the privacy and confidentiality of your/their donor family as well as our own family and other transplant recipients.
Thank You Day Resources
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