It’s Organ Donation Awareness Month or “Orgust” and we can all help raise awareness by either registering or letting your loved ones know your wishes.
South Africa (03 August 2023) – The month of August or “Orgust”, is Organ Donation Awareness Month. Each year, local organ donation charities raise awareness about the importance of being a donor and how to make sure your family honours your wishes, should your day ever come.
The Organ Donor Foundation (ODF) is determined to raise awareness about organ donation in South Africa. It is a non-profit and public benefit organisation. The aim is to raise public awareness of the critical shortage of organ donation in our country.
This year they are challenging South Africans to register and to see if they can get the whole family registered too.
Anyone is eligible to become an organ and tissue donor. All medical tests are done to see if you are eligible to be a donor, are done at the time of your death. There is no age limit.
Being an organ/tissue donor is a selfless act of kindness. Donations cost absolutely nothing; no financial compensation is received by the donor or their family. Trading or selling of organs and tissue is illegal.
Here is how you can become an organ donor:
- Firstly, register online at www.odf.org.za or call the Organ Donor Foundation’s
on toll-free number – 0800 22 66 11.
- It’s important to inform your family and make it known to them to honour your wishes.
- The most important part of organ and tissue donation is that you undertake to make it known:
- Ensure you have the conversation with your family, colleagues and your friends.
The only way we can save those on the waiting list is to raise awareness. We have had the privilege to meet so many incredible South Africans that have been the recipients of donated organs and their stories always leave us feeling hopeful. You can read some of them here.
If you are already a registered donor, let us know in the comment section.