Characterised by special landscape design and architecture, the Garden echoes the “Light Up Lives” organ donation theme.
To increase public awareness of the importance of organ donation, the Government, in particular the Department of Health (DH), has been actively promoting organ donation with the Hospital Authority (HA), healthcare professional bodies and voluntary organisations. The establishment of the Garden of Life is one of the fruits of collaboration between the community and the Government.
Last year, a design competition was co-organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects and the Government. A number of government departments, professional bodies and voluntary organisations also supported the work of refining and constructing the Garden. The project was also supported by Yau Tsim Mong District Council.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the launching of the Centralised Organ Donation Register (CODR) and the opening of the Garden of Life, the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr York Chow, said: “I would like to thank all relevant institutions and organisations for their participation in promoting organ donation, and the many friends for their unfailing support in this charitable act. At the same time, I call for the support of the general public to take action now and register their wish to donate organs after death at the CODR.¡¨
As at end October 2011, there were more than 88 000 registrations at the CODR. About 300 organisations, including government departments, private companies and community groups, have also indicated their support for organ donation.