Each year the lives of many New Zealanders are saved and transformed through the generosity of strangers in the most tragic of circumstances.
Thank You Day is an opportunity for the New Zealand community to join together in expressing our gratitude towards organ and tissue donors and their whānau who have given so generously and changed the lives of others.
We also thank all the health professionals involved in organ and tissue donation for their support and for enabling transplantation.
This year due to Covid-19, we were unable to travel around New Zealand and film transplant recipients safely, so we asked recipients to send their own video messages to us. We turned these messages into one video that was released on Thank You Day, Sunday 15th November 2020.
Organ and tissue recipients from around New Zealand shared their journeys with us, along with the gratitude they feel for their transplants. Please help us to share these heartfelt messages.
How you can help:
* Share the Thank You Day video with your friends, family, whānau, work colleagues, church or community group. It is posted here and on our Facebook page.
* Share your own personal messages of thanks by creating a selfie or short video and sharing it on social media. Remember if you or a member of your family is a transplant recipient, please respect the privacy of donor families and other transplant recipients by not sharing exact transplant dates.
* Print and share the Thank You Day and Transplant Recipient posters and display them at your workplace, community group or school. Ask your friends, family and local businesses to display them too!
* Organise an event in memory of your donor and to say thanks to those who have supported you. Last year we heard from people participating in fun runs, talking at their local community group or church and planting flowers in honour of organ and tissue donors.
* We will be sharing stories of gratitude in the media for Thank You Day. If you would like to share your transplant experience, please contact ODNZ. We can help facilitate interviews, provide information on Thank You Day and organ donation and help to ensure the articles are respectful to you and your donor family.
Thank You Day Resources
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