MPP Piccini Challenges Mayors, Chiefs and Residents to BeADonor

Published on April 04, 2019

MPP Piccini Challenges Mayors, Chiefs and Residents to BeADonor
39 people in Northumberland-Peterborough South are currently on the waitlist for a transplant

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NORTHUMBERLAND — Today, MPP David Piccini led the charge for organ and tissue donation at Queen’s Park issuing a challenge to local mayors and residents to register consent. April is BeADonor Month; a month in which all Ontarians are encouraged to show their support for organ and tissue donation by registering.

MPP Piccini was joined by President and CEO, Ronnie Gavsie from Trillium Gift of Life Network, a patient focused agency of the Government of Ontario that is responsible for saving thousands of lives across the province each year through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Today in Ontario, there are over 1,600 women, men and children waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and sadly every three days, someone dies because there are not enough organs to meet the need. In the riding of Northumberland Peterborough–South there are 39 people currently on the waitlist.

“I am issuing a challenge to Mayors, Chiefs and residents in each community to join me in raising awareness and registration for organ and tissue donation,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland–Peterborough South. “While the rate in our riding is over the provincial average, I believe we can challenge ourselves as a community to do more.”

Research shows that more than 85% of Ontarians are in favour of organ donation. However, only 33% of Ontarians have registered their consent to donate. In the riding of Northumberland Peterborough-South, our registration rate is over 40%, which is higher than the provincial rate.

“Last BeADonor Month, as a result of the Logan Boulet Effect, Ontario experienced a 40 per cent increase in donor registrations over April 2017,” said Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network. “This year we do not want a tragedy. Rather, with the help from government officials, like MPP Piccini, we are working to maintain this momentum, and give hope to those on the waitlist. There is no better time to register than during BeADonor Month. Visit www.BeADonor.ca to register or learn more.”

To assist in increasing our registration rate MPP Piccini has created a registration page at https://beadonor.ca/campaign/mppdavidpiccini.  Through this link, we can track the number of registrants during BeADonor Month.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • One organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance as many as 75 lives through tissue donation.
    •            Today, there are more than 1,600 men, women and children in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
    •            Every 3 days, someone in Ontario dies a preventable death waiting for a transplant.
    •            You are 5 times more likely to need an organ than to donate one.
    •            It takes less than 2 minutes to register as an organ and tissue donor online at beadonor.ca.

 

To see my challenge to the Mayors, Chiefs and to you click the link below.  

https://www.facebook.com/MPPPiccini/videos/550391035450059/