The first DonateLife Week will take place from Sunday 20 - Sunday 27 February 2011. DonateLife Week is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation.
Our goal for DonateLife Week is to encourage people to talk about organ, and tissue donation and to discuss their donation decision with the people closest to them.
With the help of our friends at Trinity Preschool, Orange High School, Kinross Wolaroi School and Ashcroft’s Supa IGA in Orange, our family have planned numerous events for the week. Throughout the week we have used a “Rainbow” theme in support of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation. The planned events include:
• ‘Rainbow days’ at Trinity Preschool where the children and staff have been asked to dress in rainbow colours. The children will also be involved in numerous rainbow related activities.
• Several talks to High School groups
• A ‘Rainbow Cupcake Day’ at Orange High School. The proceeds from the day will go towards buying Zaidee shoelaces for the school's sporting teams.
• A “Rainbow Themed Disco” at Orange High
• IGA will be using their monthly market day to promote Organ Donation
Discuss organ donation with your family
Registering to be an organ and tissue donor is not enough. Even if you register your wish to be a donor, your family will still be asked to give consent
Families that do not know the wishes of their loved ones are less likely to give their consent.
After you have discovered the facts about organ and tissue donation, and made an informed decision to become an organ and tissue donor, it is important that your family know your wishes and that you know the wishes of your family.
Just a quick note for anyone who donated blood during the week of Kaden's Blood Donation Drive.
By now you may have been sent an email from the Australian Red Cross informing you that you are now eligble to give blood again.
"Blood in storage lasts only 42 days, and some of its components last only five days. So now that you are eligble again, please think about giving another generous gift of blood."
The Red Cross are currently desperate for donations, so don't go alone - take a friend, or convince your parents to come along. Every person who donates can save a life.
You can book an appointment on 13 14 95, or call 6361 2369 for the Orange Blood Bank.
Orange Blood Bank Times
Kaden's Blood Donation Drive
As some people may be aware, this week marks the one-year anniversary of Kaden’s death. To those who don’t know, Kaden, my younger brother, was killed when he lost control on loose gravel while driving my car, and rolled into an embankment. He died in Nepean Hospital as a result of severe head injuries.
Kaden had marked on his drivers license that he would like to donate his organs should he be in a position to do so. Because his organs were undamaged by the accident, he was able to donate. Kaden donated his heart, liver, both lungs, both kidneys and his pancreas to people who needed them, and in doing so, saved five lives.
Please, think about Kaden over the next week. Think about the gift of life he gave to other people. People he had never met. Think about organ donation. Hopefully, most people will never have the opportunity to donate their organs, but think, if you were in that position, wouldn’t you want to give new life to someone in need. You don’t need your organs in heaven, leave them on earth for someone who does.
Talk to your family, discuss organ donation with them. Tell them that you would like to help other people. Organ donation can’t ever bring back your loved ones, but it can help other people stay with theirs. Please, don’t sit on your hands and think it won’t ever be an issue you need to deal with – one day it might be.
To honour Kaden’s memory, and commemorate his life, my family is holding a blood donation drive on the 27th of this month. My dad, Greg, will be making his 100th blood donation on the day, and my brother Jace, my girlfriend Alena, and I will be donating as well. I would greatly appreciate anyone being able to take the time to donate blood themselves over the next few days. You can save up to three lives with one donation.
Take a friend, take a family member or go as a group. Make it a regular thing. You can donate up to four times a year – you can save lives, and it only takes an hour of your time.
Friday the 27th is booked out at the Orange Blood bank, however you can still donate next week in Kaden's memory.
Give the Red Cross Blood Service a call on 13 14 95 to make an appointment.
- Coby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About This Site
The aim of this site is to remember Kaden, and honour his life, through photos, stories of times you shared together, and other memories of his life.
We have included a guestbook for you to post up your stories for everyone to read, or to just write anonymously about your feelings in times when you are missing him. You do not need to put your name to your story if you don't wish, and if you prefer to hide your email address, that's ok too.
Click Here to view the guestbook, and share thoughts and memories with his other mates.
Please note: All entries will be checked before they are put up on the website, to check they are appropriate.
We also invite you to upload any photos of Kaden you may have - we want to get a large gallery of photos together to remember him by. Again, you can remain anonymous if you wish.
Click Here to view the Photo Gallery.
Please note: Again, all entries will be checked before they are put up on the website.
Add the website address (www.kadendelaney.com.au) to your MSN name, and tell anyone you can think of about the site. Help us honour Kaden by raising awareness about blood and organ donation.