Strange Boat - Organ Donation Awareness


2017 Global Organ Donor Commemorative Event


The first ever global event honouring organ donors will take place in cities across the world later this month. This Irish-led commemorative initiative will involve stone sculpted candles, gifted by Irish cities, Galway, Derry, and Belfast being unveiled in Cape Town, Melbourne and Boston on 30th November.  A similar event was held on the 16th November in Spain when a Dublin-gifted commemorative plaque was unveiled in Barcelona.

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 some of its principal cities, Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Derry gifting the commemorative sculpture to Barcelona, Cape Town,  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 one of the milestones in organ donation transplantation; 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 sculpted candles and narrative plaques have been created in Galway and are currently being dispatched to their various destinations.


Read more: Project Operation & Timeline

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