INSPIRATION surged from the MCG recently as the Hawks and the Power took one brave little girl’s story to the nation for a vital cause during the newly announced Inaugural Zaidee Trophy.
As the winning team, Hawthorn was presented with the specially designed trophy unlike anything seen before. Both teams wore rainbow bootlaces to help spread the word about Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation’s organ and tissue donation campaign.
Hawks star Brad Sewell, an Ambassador and Board Director at Zaidee’s, said: “This is a very special community awareness program that has already helped save the lives of many people waiting for their transplant. This is the third time the Hawthorn players have worn the laces, and we’re very proud to do so.”
On average around 130,000 Australians die each year but the number of organ and tissue donors only sits in the hundreds. In 2010, 309 people gave the greatest gift of all and results this year have increased again.
“By encouraging parents to speak to their children about organ and tissue donation we hope that those family members currently on the transplant waiting list will have a better chance of receiving their transplant in time,” said Allan Turner, CEO of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.
Currently there are 49 children under the age of 19 years waiting for a transplant in Australia. Many of these kids will die in the next 12 months before they receive a transplant due to the lack of donors at the end of life.
Zaidee gave the greatest gift of all after she died, her organs and tissue, so others could live a better life and, in some cases, get another chance at life.
For more information about how to register as an organ and tissue donor, or to download a registration form, please go to www.zaidee.org