While the number of successful organ transplants has risen by 23% over the last decade, Canada continues to face a deficit of available organs. Simply put, the demand for organs continues to be greater than the supply. More can be done to end the needless deaths of Canadians waiting for an organ transplant. The solution lies in encouraging more Canadians to register as organ donors.
Canada has a successful history of organ transplantation. In fact, the long-term success rate of liver transplantation for adults and children is over 80%, with most recipients returning to a good quality of life within three to six months after surgery.
Just a single donor can save up to 8 lives and help more than 75 people. Help your community discover the facts about organ and tissue donation and inspire the people in your community to register as donors!
Canadians are about 5 times more likely to need an organ than give one. Progress has been made in improving the number of available organs for transplantation, but more must be done. You can have a significant and positive impact on saving lives – it only takes a few minutes to register as a donor.
You can also be a part of the movement by encouraging your friends and family to register and spread the word. Start a dialogue among those closest to you about the vital role available organs play in preventing needless deaths. Help empower people to save others in need.
Registering to become an organ donor is free, takes less than 2 minutes to complete and can add decades to a person’s life.
Ending the organ transplant waiting list is critical; it’s a solvable issue that will benefit Canadians for generations.
If you’re not sure how to start the conversation or how to contribute, simply share your story about how organ donation has touched you or the people that you care about. Are you the recipient of an organ donation that saved your life? Do you know someone who has been saved by receiving an organ? Do you know someone on the waiting list? Share your experience on social media, connect with people and express the importance of registering as an organ donor. Stories like yours play a significant role in helping to end the organ transplant waiting list.Tell Your Story
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Put your skills to work and help The Organ Project drive organ donation awareness and encourage registration through our many initiatives. Contact us to find out what we have coming up this year and how you can get involved!
If you are completing your high school diploma you should talk to your guidance counsellor about putting your hours towards the 40 volunteer hours you'll need to graduate.
Your organization’s involvement in The Organ Project has the potential to touch the lives of the thousands of Canadians in desperate need of an organ transplant. Together, we can raise awareness about the need to end the organ transplant waiting list and advocate for more Canadians to register as organ donors.
There are a number of ways your organization can partner with The Organ Project and help us on our mission, while achieving your own business objectives in the process.
Consider using tools we have developed in your internal communication channels to promote organ and tissue donation to generate discussion within your company, directing co-workers to resources that will help them learn how to get involved with The Organ Project.
Place posters on notice boards, in staff rooms, staff changing rooms, restrooms and kitchens. We have promotional materials available for download and print
Include information about community events in internal newsletters, on the extranet/intranet and on notice boards
Organise a breakfast or BBQ lunch to raise awareness and encourage discussion
Ask your employer to host a ‘Have the Chat’ information session
Encourage people to register
Leverage internal communication channels at your school, place of worship, not-for-profit or government agency to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and registration.
Provide students and staff with resources that help them learn how they can get involved with The Organ Project.
Place posters on notice boards, in high foot traffic areas, faculty offices and common areas, including student housing. We have promotional materials available for download and print
Include information about community events in school newsletters
Host information sessions in school common areas and at student housing meetings
Like our social media feeds and include our commercials and notices on your internal communication system
Encourage people to register as organ donors at www.theorganproject.net our site will take you to any one of the provincial registration databases
The Organ Project played a large part of in the Ottawa Senators 2017 NHL playoff run, with a strong presence at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa for each of the nine Senators home games.
Our volunteers reached over 170,000 people with a variety of messages about transplantation in just two months! Our volunteers were on-site, talking about organ donation and providing access to wireless tablets for guests to register on the spot.
The Organ Project also plans to expand the in-rink campaign to include the Belleville Senators during their first season in Belleville. We are also working on expanding our reach to other teams in Ontario and across Canada.
The Organ Project Inaugural Gala took place at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York in March 2017 to bring attention to the organ transplant waiting list problem that exists within Canada and the United States..
The gala brought together organ donation advocates from across the country and was highlighted by a performance by Grammy- Award winning singer Carrie Underwood.
The Organ Project has partnered with a group of medical professionals, digital enthusiasts and researchers to look at different ways to use social media to increase organ donor registration. We are extremely excited about what this group might be able to do together.