Orangeville Police supports Organ Donor Registry
April is “Be A Donor” month and the Orangeville Police Service is proud to support the efforts of the local Lions Clubs of District A-9, in raising awareness to organ and tissue donor registration.
Representatives from the Amaranth Lions Club joined members of the Orangeville Police Service at the OPS 390 C Line Headquarters to show support of the program spearheaded by local Lions Clubs and the Trillium Gift of Life Network.
“We are pleased to support the efforts of our community partners, the Orangeville and Amaranth Lions Clubs, to help raise awareness of this very important and necessary program”, said Orangeville Police Chief Wayne Kalinski.
Presently there are 1527 people in Ontario waiting for a transplant. Of those people, 140 are under the age of 30. Only 32% of adults in Ontario have actually registered their consent to be an organ and tissue donor. In Orangeville, 41% have registered but our community only ranks 94 in the province. Registering to be a donor makes a difference. One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance as many as 75 more.
“Our goal is to spread the word to as many people as possible. It’s very important to talk to your family about your wishes. We hope that the members of the community will support our initiative and register to be a donor”, said Jane Blears, of the Amaranth Lions Club.
Registering to be an organ and tissue donor is easy. You can register online at BeADonor.ca, in person at any Service Ontario Centre, or by mailing a Gift of Life consent form.
To register or to learn more visit BeADonor.ca or call 1-800-263-2833.