On Thursday 30th of November 2017 we will mark the 10-year anniversary of the laying of the Gift of Life Stone to remember those who have donated organs to save lives
We will appeal to individuals and families to discuss their decision on organ donation and for it to be heard.
The Gift of Life Stone was the first in the UK, with a re-dedication ceremony to remember those who have donated organs in order to save the lives of others from across the UK.
“Ten years ago we laid the Gift of Life Stone following an approach from two donor families who had lost loved ones –a Son and Daughter – after campaigning since then for those waiting for an organ transplant”, said Professor Roy J Thomas, Chief Executive of Kidney Wales.
He added: “We again thank those who have donated in the last ten years and rededicate the Gift of Life Stone in memory of those who gave selflessly in the last 10 years and state what a difference it has made to those now living a new life”.
On the eve of the second anniversary of the implementation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 that introduced deemed consent for organ donation to Wales. hundreds of people will gather in Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff City Centre to attend a ceremony welcome by the Rt. Hon Lord Mayor of Cardiff, to pay tribute to the individuals and families who have taken the decision to donate organs to give the gift of life to others.
Just under 50,000 people in the UK have endured the wait for an organ transplant in the last 10 years. During this time, over 6,000 people, including 270 children have died before receiving the transplant they desperately needed.
6,500 people are currently on the transplant waiting list in the UK. In the past 5 years, 505 families have blocked organ donations from taking place, despite the deceased being a registered donor.
Kidney Wales, who played a leading role in the campaign to change the law.
For 50 years, the Kidney Wales Foundation has been at the forefront of kidney patient care, well-being and research in Wales. This work is only possibly through the generosity and hard work of their supporters.
We invite donor families to attend the Rededication Ceremony of the Gift of Life Stone on Thursday 30th November 2017 at Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, King Edwards VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3NN. Ceremony begins at 11am. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.