Tuesday 16 October 2018

LifeCycle and Transplant Support Group campaign ahead of Organ Donation Week 2018

As part of its commitment towards raising further awareness about organ transplants in Malta, LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation in collaboration with the Transplant Support Group, is holding a week-long campaign urging persons above the age of 16 residing in Malta to register their wish to donate their organs after death.

Through the Organ Donation Week, being held between 3rd and 9th September 2018, LifeCycle aims to get people talking about organ donations with their families. The final objective is to increase the number of donors during the campaign.

“The best treatment for persons suffering from kidney failure or renal disease is to receive a kidney transplant. Organ donation after death is a precious gift. While it costs nothing, no pain and no loss for the donor, but that organ donation can often save a life,” said Alan Curry, founder of LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation and Managing Director at Chic Physique at Hilltop Gardens. “We are aiming to get people to talk about Organ Donation Week and to help save lives painlessly.”

“One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 persons by donating tissues,” said James Muscat, Transplant Support Group’s President and himself a donor.

“Transplantation of organs in Malta has been carried out for almost 30 years. More than 400 persons have been given a second chance to life, thanks to organ donors who deserve our highest esteem. We advise persons who have the wish to donate their organs after death, to speak about it with their loved ones, and encourage family members to register as well. It’s one of the best gifts one can give to another human being.”

Visitors to Chic Physique Gym Studio and Sanya Wellness Spa at Hilltop Gardens in Naxxar can pick up an Organ Donation flyer from outside the studio and sign their name. One can also download an Organ Donation form from: www.organdonation.gov.mt

Persons over the age of 16 years can register their wish to donate their organs after death or specify which organs they would like to donate. There is no age limit and even those that may have a medical condition can also register.

Activities during Organ Donation Week
Members at Chic Physique can opt to take a Sufferfest Challenge of four classes in the week and participants’ names will enter for a lottery draw. This is a mini LifeCycle in aid of renal patients.

A talk about organ donation and organ transplants will be conducted by James Muscat at Hilltop Gardens in Naxxar on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 8.00pm. One or two renal patients will also relate their experiences. Those who wish to attend can contact Mr James Muscat on 79478452.

LifeCycle Foundation has distributed Organ Donation flyers to its Platinum Sponsors to encourage their staff and respective families to register. Any registrations from the said companies will be collected on the 5th September.

LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation actively supports renal patients and their families through their annual LifeCycle Challenge. For donations and information about LifeCycle Foundation and Foster Clark LifeCycle Challenge 2018, please visit www.lifecyclechallenge.com

Further assistance can be obtained from the Transplant Support Group, tel: 79478452.
or visit: www.transplantsupport.org.mt/

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