AFL NAB Auskick will be more colourful than usual at all Auskick clinics in Shepparton this year, with all children that take part wearing Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces in their small footy boots, helping to spread the word about organ and tissue donation.
Brad Sewell, Hawthorn Player and Director of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation said, “This is a very special community awareness program that has already helped to save lives of many people waiting for their transplant.”
Kim and Allan Turner created Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation in memory of their daughter, Zaidee Turner, who tragically and suddenly died in 2004 at the age of seven after suffering a burst blood vessel in her brain.
On average around 130,000 Australians die each year but the number of organ and tissue donors numbers are only in the hundreds.
In the year she died, Zaidee was the only Victorian child to donate her organs and tissues, and one of only six children to donate from the whole of Australia. However, her gift saved or improved the lives of up to seven other people.
“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,” Allan Turner, CEO Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation said.
Currently 1 in 5 people on the transplant waiting list will die before they receive a transplant in Australia, many on this list are children under the age of 16 years.
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
please click on our website www.zaidee.org to download a registration form
or please contact Allan Turner on 0412 985 211 or via email: [email protected]