NIAGARA, ON: The Niagara Health System (NHS), in conjunction with Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), is inviting the Niagara community to participate in a Living Green Ribbon event at the NHS Greater Niagara General Site on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donations.
The Living Green Ribbon event will be held rain or shine in the area adjacent to the Allied Health Building, parking lot off North Street, in Niagara Falls, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
All members of the public are invited to participate in the Living Green Ribbon formation, and are encouraged to invite their colleagues, friends and neighbours. Parking will be available in the Allied Health lot, and carpooling is encouraged. Green ponchos will be handed out on site to participants.
Following brief speeches, an aerial photograph will be taken of the Living Green Ribbon formation.
There are currently 1,665 people in Ontario, 54 of them from Niagara, on the transplant waiting list, and one donor's generosity can really have a tremendous impact on improving the health of others who desperately need transplants.
Niagara's Living Green Ribbon event is part of National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week in Ontario. Communities across Ontario will be holding similar Living Green Ribbon events during the week of April 19 - 26, 2008.
The Green Awareness Ribbon is an international symbol of support for organ and tissue donation. Green symbolizes hope for those who are waiting for a second chance at life through transplantation; a reminder of the men, women and children who have died waiting for a life-saving transplant; and a thank you to donors and their families for giving the greatest gift of all, the gift of life so that another could live on.