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2017 Global Organ Donor Commemorative Event

2017 Global Organ Donor Commemorative Event

This unique global event which will be staged later this year is being initiated by Strange Boat Donor Foundation, marking the 50th anniversary of the pioneering heart transplant by Dr. Christiaan Barnard at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1967. 

The purpose of the event is to highlight and promote the cause of organ donation and to give expression on a world stage to society's appreciation and gratitude for the life-giving gift made possible through organ donors and their families.

This all-Ireland project with involves its principal cities, Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Belfast and Derry each gifting a commemorative sculpture; a replica of the 5' tall stone sculpted candle in the Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, to a representative host city on each continent as part of a choreographed global event to take place in early December.

The cities chosen are Barcelona, Cape Town, New Delhi, Boston and Melbourne, each with its own renowned world-class centre of transplant excellence. The collective impact of participation by iconic medical institutions in these cities will add huge potency to the image and message of this global organ donor commemorative event.  

The paired cities are:

Dublin -  Barcelona

Galway -  Cape Town

Cork -  New Delhi

Belfast -  Boston

Derry - Melbourne

Limerick - Derry (a cross-border inter city gifting)

The project, which is receiving spontaneous support from across the Island of Ireland, North & South, including from the ODTI (Organ Donation & Transplant Ireland), will lend strength to the image of Ireland and its many different communities reaching out in delivering a globally significant organ donor commemorative project. It it also being supported by a rapidly growing number of international institutions and organisations, and by the Irish diaspora.

Further details and information on the global commemorative event to follow

Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, Salthill, Galway

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