Commerce students join campaign to promote organ donations

Posted on October 30, 2012

A campus-wide campaign to promote awareness about organ and tissue donation kicked off on Oct. 29 as part of the ‘Gift of 8’ movement. The program’s name reflects the fact that a single organ donor can save up to eight lives, according to the Trillium Gift of Life Network, a partner in the Queen’s campaign.

The Commerce Society’s Outreach Commissioners are volunteering at various events on campus in keeping with the Commission’s philanthropic mandate. Commerce students will be encouraged to attend campaign events, including:

• “What’s Your Type?” — On Oct. 30 and Nov. 8, staff from the Canadian Blood Services offer testing to identify students’ blood types and sign up volunteers to give blood on Nov. 27.

• “Get Swabbed Challenge” — On Nov. 13, Queen’s will participate in an annual coast-to-coast university challenge designed to engage and recruit potential stem cell donors. Volunteers will have their cheeks swabbed and information stored in the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network which matches volunteer donors to patients requiring life-saving stem cell transplants.

To register for organ donation, visit Be A Donor. To learn more about the Queen’s Gift of 8 Movement, check out the website at Queen’s Gift of 8 and follow it on twitter @queensgiftof8.

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