The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is calling on people to make a difference and help save lives by speaking to their family members about organ donation.
The appeal comes as part of Organ Donation Week, which begins today (Monday 7th September 2020). This seven-day campaign is held every year to highlight the life-changing impact of organ donation, and to mark the occasion Cloonavin will be lit up in pink light to help highlight the life-changing impact of organ donation.
At present, around 115 people in Northern Ireland are on the transplant waiting list, and last year 11 people died while waiting for an organ.
The Mayor, Alderman Mark Fielding, said: “Our healthcare professionals work tirelessly to care for those people waiting for a transplant, as well as supporting families who find themselves facing a decision about organ donation following the death of a loved one.
“It’s vitally important that as many people as possible support this work by understanding the power of organ donation and the choices they can make.
“You could help save the life of someone’s mother or father, son or daughter just by speaking to your family and letting them know that you want to be an organ donor.
“During Organ Donation Week, make sure you have this vital conversation so your family know they are doing the right thing for you and that your wishes will be fulfilled.”
To find out more about organ donation and to sign the register go to www.organdonationni.info.