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National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW)

Every year in April, BC Transplant focuses its efforts on raising awareness for organ donation around the province.
April 21-27 is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW). Each year, we dedicate this time to sharing stories and raising awareness about the benefits of organ donation and the life-saving effects of transplantation. Awareness events, advertising, registration drives, news stories - it's a busy month and we invite you to have conversations about organ donation

The 2019 campaign

We will be having an event on Wednesday April 24, 2019 called the Walks of Life from 4:30pm-5:30pm. For more information, please check out our Facebook event page.

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We'll once again be kicking off national awareness week with a 48 hour registration drive. The blitz will begin on Wednesday, April 24 morning, and wrap up 48 hours later on Friday morning - April 26. The goal? To reach 4,800 registrations for organ donation in 48 hours!

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #48in48 and sharing your wishes about organ donation with your family.

On April 24, watch as cities across the province transform into a sea of green in support for organ and tissue donation. Catch the view at the following locations and share your photos on social media using the hashtag #LightUpGreen.

This year's participants:

  • BC Place, Vancouver
  • Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver
  • Canada Place Sails, Vancouver
  • City Hall, Vancouver
  • District Markers at the  Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver
  • Olympic Cauldron, Vancouver
  • TELUS Gardens, Vancouver
  • Science World, Vancouver
  • North Vancouver Municipal Hall, North Vancouver
  • City Hall, North Vancouver
  • City Hall, Port Coquitlam
  • Lafarge Lake Fountain, Coquitlam
  • Light Columns  at City Hall, Coquitlam
  • Guideway Pillars on Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Anvil Centre, New Westminster
  • Civic Plaza at City Hall, Surrey
  • City Hall, Port Moody
  • Bastion, Nanaimo
  • BC Legislature, Victoria
  • Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge, Whistler

We encourage you to share our stories on social media and check out three new videos on our YouTube channel that we’ll be rolling out over the next couple weeks. Be sure to use the hashtag#Register2Give and #BCTransplant.‎

Download our social media toolkit.

Throughout the week, you'll find our volunteers at events throughout the community to raise awareness and register decisions. Here's where you'll find us throughout the week:

  • April 6: Registration drive at Thrifty Foods in Duncan
  • April 6 – 7: Green Shirt Day - Hillside Centre registration drive in Victoria
  • April 6 – 7: Kamloops Spring Home Show
  • April 9: Kansas City Royals Game  
  • April 21: Vaisakhi Parade registration drive in Surrey
  • April 25: London Drugs in Kelowna
  • April 27: LIVER Health Forum
  • April 28: Transplant Trot in Burnaby
  • Throughout the month of April - over 20 requests for workplace campaigns and volunteer initiatives across the province

Last April, Canadians rallied together in support of the victim, survivors and families of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Many students and teachers took part by putting out hockey sticks in front of their classrooms and wearing their jerseys to school. This year, the family of Logan Boulet is holding the first annual Green Shirt Day in honour of their son and the Broncos family, and to increase awareness about the importance of organ donation. Green Shirt Day is officially Sunday, April 7, but we are asking schools and workplaces to participate on Monday, April 8.


For more information and access to resources, please visit our Green Shirt Day page. 

How you can help

Request a mini-campaign kit and raise awareness in your community or school. You can also take a look at our Workplace Campaign Toolkit to find out how you can hold a registration drive in your workplace. 


‎Send a message or an email to your circle of family and friends -- here is a sample you can use. 


Over coffee, at dinner, on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Let's make organ donation a normal part of conversation! 


Thank you to our sponsors!

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