the gift OF LIFE
South Africa is a world leader in the field of organ transplantation; however, while the number of patients waiting for transplants continues to increase the serious shortage of potential donors continues to be of great concern.
The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit charity, established to address the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa through awareness and education campaigns.
Currently there are over 3,500 South Africans waiting for organ and tissue transplants. Sadly, as a result of this critical shortage less than 1,000 of them will receive a transplant and the “Gift of Life” this year.
Research has shown that organ donation is acceptable to the majority of South Africans and contrary to popular belief, a grieving family takes great comfort from the knowledge that they are able to help others through the donation of their loved one’s organs and tissues.
There is no cost charged to register as an organ donor.
You can help in four ways:
- Register as an organ donor and explain to your family that you want to give the gift of life http://www.odf.org.za/register.aspx
- Make a donation to the Organ Donor Foundation (tax deductible) http://www.odf.org.za/How_Can_You_Help/donate_money.html
- Tell your friends and colleagues about The Organ Donor Foundation and encourage them to become organ donors.