Trillium gift of life network has launched the Gift of 8 Movement with Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Most Canadians are compassionate to agree with organ donation, very few actually take the effort to sign up for it. The biggest misconception is that if you sign your donor card, that takes care of it. That is not true. Here is a list of FAQ’s
This page gives you details on how your community is doing in terms of number of residents Vs. registered donors. In all only 21% of Ontario residents have registered. My community of Unionville is 9% , Toronto is at 13% .
Registration is low due to many factors, including lack of awareness, misconception that a donor card is sufficient, apathy, cultural and religious beliefs and superstitions in certain ethnic communities. 47% of Ontario residents live in and around GTA and majority of them are visible minorities and immigrants. Many of them come from countries where organ donation practice is not very common and a greater emphasize is needed to promote it through healthcare teams (including incentives to doctors, pharmacists to educate and sign up more people on it). There are other religious beliefs that affects recruitment in certain communities.
TGL needs to have a stronger, better diversity outreach with its website and campaign in multiple languages through ethnic media and community groups. The greatest impact will come through an incentive program for Physicians and pharmacists, two major front line healthcare professionals that Ontarians engage regularly and trust.
For those who have simply being apathetic or lazy to sign up, its takes 3 minutes to do it. Just keep your health card number ready and follow the link below.
Here is a 3 minute process you can do to register:
1) Visit: https://beadonor.ca/
2) click on Register Now , you will be taken to this page
3) Have you Health card number handy and just fill in the details
Congratulations! You are a registered donor, now get your family to do the same.