Global Organ Donor Commemorative Project
A unique organ donor commemorative event is being initiated by Strange Boat Donor Foundation to highlight and promote the cause of organ donation globally.
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. The date chosen (early December, 2017) is designed to avail of the historic opportunity afforded in marking the golden jubilee of the world's first heart transplant by Dr. Christiann Barnard at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in December, 1967.
The project involves the unveiling of a commemorative sculpture, gifted by an Irish city to a representative city on each of the five continents. The sculpted pieces are 5' tall stone candles, symbolising the light of humanity shone through donation, and are replicas of the stone candle in the Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden in Salthill, Galway. The designate cities for inclusion are Cape Town, Madrid, Melbourne, New Delhi and Boston, all associated with world class centres of transplant excellence.
The event itself in December will involve the choreographed unveiling of the sculptures to generate positive promotion and publicity, and for global amplification of the message of goodwill and gratitude to organ donors and the broader organ donation community.
Details will be updated as the project/event progresses over the next few months.