Strange Boat - Organ Donation Awareness


2017 Global Organ Donor Commemorative Event


The first ever global event honouring organ donors will take place in 5 cities on 5 continents on November 30th, 2017.  This event will involve the unveiling of an Irish-gifted stone sculpture in Cape Town, Melbourne, Boston, Barcelona and New Delhi.

The purpose of the project is to give expression on a world stage to society's appreciation and gratitude for the life-giving gift made possible through organ donors and their families.  It will also help promote the cause of organ donation and transplantation globally.

The project is being initiated by Strange Boat Donor Foundation in association with Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI).

Three simultaneously scheduled events will take place on the same day, 30th November, in Belfast, Derry and at the Circle of Life Commemorative Garden in Galway as part of this Irish-led global initiative.


City to City gifting

This is an all-Ireland project, reflecting international outreach, cooperation and friendship, which involves its principal cities, Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Derry gifting the commemorative sculpture to Barcelona, Cape Town, New Delhi, Boston and Melbourne, respectively.

Read more: City to City gifting


Candle Sculpture

The commemorative sculptures are each a 5.5" tall (1,650mm) carved replica of the stone sculpted candle in the Circle of Life Irish National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden in Galway.

Read more: Candle Sculpture


Event date

The date chosen for the global event was designed to avail of the historic opportunity of marking the 50th anniversary of the world's first heart transplant by Dr. Christiaan Barnard at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1967.  

Read more: Event date


Project Operation & Timeline

The six sculpted candles are currently being created in Galway and will be dispatched to their respective destinations during September.

Read more: Project Operation & Timeline

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