This Saturday night – it is ‘Organ Donation Awareness’ night at the Stena Line Belfast Giants! The puck drops at 7pm for the Giants big Challenge Cup game against the Dundee Stars at The SSE Arena.
In our fan base alone in the last year, two long time fans have passed away suddenly and their loved ones have donated their organs and saved multiple people. Within the last three years, one of our young fans has received a heart value, another a cornea and one has received over 300 blood transfusions to allow him to live long enough to be able to receive a bone marrow transplant.
Another one of our young fans has been waiting for a liver for 2 years. Seeing how much organ donation has impacted in such a small percentage of the population, we wanted to try to help raise awareness about donating and encourage people to sign up.
For so many people, it’s something they mean to do and either, just don’t get around to or haven’t had the conversation with their families.
Around 850 units of blood are used here every week & are used for treating cancer patients, complications during birth, trauma from major surgery or road traffic accidents.
115 new blood donors are needed every week in Northern Ireland with currently only 6% of the eligible population donating blood. A single donation can save 3 peoples lives.
On Saturday night in the foyer – fans will be able to go to get more information and sign up. There will be a short promotional video featuring our fans experiences prior to face-off. The Giants have donated tickets to families from various organisations linked to organ donation for Saturday’s game.
You can register to donate blood by texting ‘BLOOD’ to 60081 or become a donor, by calling 03001232223, signing up at the table in the foyer or online at www.organdonationni.info/register/online.