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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 22-29 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 2018 campaign

Help us #LightUpGreen for Organ Donation on Wednesday, April 25 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at theLondon Drugs Plaza at 710 Granville street
To demonstrate just how organ donation transforms lives, BC Transplant and the Kidney Foundation of Canada - BC/Yukon chapter will host an event to raise awareness for organ donation and increase organ donor registration, including:
  • Zumba demonstrations led by double-lung recipient
  • Transplant recipients sharing their stories of how organ donation saves lives 
  • Handing out green lights so everyone can help #LightUpGreen in support of organ donation
  • Opportunity to register or verify your wishes for organ donation
We invite you to help us create some buzz for our event by sharing on social media using the hashtag #LightUpGreen and #Register2Give. You can also RSVP to our Facebook event.

We'll once again be kicking off national awareness week with a 48 hour registration drive. The blitz will begin on Wednesday, April 25 morning, and wrap up 48 hours later on Friday morning - April 27. The goal? To reach4,800 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 25, 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
  • North Vancouver Municipal Hall, North Vancouver
  • Bastion, Nanaimo
  • BC Legislature, Victoria
  • Telus Garden, Vancouver
  • Canada Place sails, Vancouver
  • Fitzsimmons Bridge, Whistler
  • City Hall, Port Coquitlam
  • Civic Plaza at City Hall, Surrey
  • Larfarge Lake Fountain and Skytrain pillars, Coquitlam
  • City Hall, Vancouver
  • Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
  • Science World, Vancouver
  • Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver
  • City Hall, Port Moody

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 24: CBS clinic in Saanich
  • April 24: Hudson's Bay in Penticton
  • April 25: CBS clinic in Vancouver on Oak street
  • April 26: London Drugs in Kelowna

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! 


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