Entertainment night to focus on organ donation

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Mississauga, February 5 (CINEWS): As an ethnic group, South Asians have yet to embrace organ donation in the numbers desired and while most have no religious or moral qualms receiving an organ that would save their lives they are reluctant to donate their own after their death.
Hoping to reverse that thinking and shed more light on organ donation, the Amar Karma Organ Donation Society, a not-for-profit organization which formed to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation, is hosting its sixth annual Give a Heart event tomorrow at Versailles Convention Centre in Mississauga.
This annual event is deliberately scheduled around Valentine’s Day, to serve as a reminder about the significance of organ donation.
“(Give a Heart) is mainly an entertainment event where we convey our message in fun ways such as poetry, dances or skits,” said Loveen Kaur Gill, founder of the society.
She said Give a Heart is also a platform for the society’s young volunteers to practice skills such as public speaking, dancing, music and arts as well as to see the rewards of all the hard work.
The evening will feature Bollywood music and dance, awards ceremony and raffle draws.
It will also feature an exhibit of handy crafts by the Amar Karma Crocheting Club of Morning Star Middle School, especially to support their cord of love campaign.
For more information, email [email protected] For more on organ donation, visit www.beadonor.ca.
If a patient is declared brain dead,almost 37 different organs and tissues can be harvested, including the most important ones like heart, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas. Donation of an entire body can help over 40 needy patients. Unfortunately many South Asian family members are reluctant to pull the plug let alone donate organs because they believe that if a patient is still breathing, there is a chance of a medical miracle.

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