Students Set To Save Lives
Students at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) have signed up for Donate Wales’s ‘Tell a Loved One Campaign’, the first ever campaign to help raise awareness of organ donation in Wales.
UWIC kicked things off with a mighty push with over 200 students signing up to become organ donors at this year’s Fresher’s Fayre in September, and with more names being added to the register by the week.
The Donate Wales – Tell a Loved One campaign, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and led by the Kidney Wales Foundation, sees nine major charities come together for the first time in the UK to tackle the shortage of donors. It’s also the first time there’s been an organ donation campaign unique to Wales.
Headed by UWIC’s Student Union throughout the forthcoming year, the drive will focus on varied events and activities organised by the SU’s campaign team, which will be shortly established, with a united aim to recruit the maximum number of UWIC students onto the ever-growing register.
Student Union President Adam Painter explains why it’s so important for students to get involved: “So many people have misconceptions about what happens when you become an organ donor, it’s not really talked about in detail and some can become anxious and steer clear of it.
That’s why we’re looking forward to working with Donate Wales to try and break through some of those barriers, to get people talking and to see that only good can come of it. We’re really excited to get the ball rolling and from the reaction we got at the Freshers Fayre, I just know UWIC students are going to raise the bar”.
More than 800,000 people in Wales have joined the Organ Donor Register but that leaves three in four who haven’t. Many people do not talk to their loved ones about their views on organ donation, which means that families often refuse to allow organs to be donated simply because they are unaware of their wishes.
The campaign is set to get us talking about what we want to happen to our organs when we die and to encourage more of us in Wales to join the Organ Donor Register.
Leni Hatcher, Campaign and Communications Officer for Donate Wales said: “Having just left University last year I know how powerful campus campaigns can be. We’ve had a fantastic response from the guys at UWIC with 188 of the students joining the register during the fresher’s fair alone. UWIC have set a great benchmark for other Universities to follow and I am very much looking forward to working with the students”.
Note to editors:
• To join the register, text GIVE to 64118 or visit http://www.donatewales.org/
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