Those who have given the ultimate gift will be remembered during a service this Sunday 26 October at Fort Scratchley.
The 22nd Organ and Tissue Donation Service of remembrance and thanksgiving brings together transplant recipients and donor families to remember those who have died as well as give thanks for the gift of donation.
Donation Specialist Nurse Jeanette Lacey said organ donors are very special people and we need to remember them and their families.
“Families are very brave to think of other people during such a difficult time, it’s quite an honourable and remarkable thing,” Ms Lacey said.
“The generous act of donation saves or enhances the lives of so many.”
Ms Lacey said the service is an important opportunity for both families of organ donors and transplant recipients to meet together in a united place for remembrance and reflection.
The service has a different theme each year – this will be the first year that the service has been held at Fort Scratchley, and therefore the theme will be around the seaside as a place of reflection.
The ocean for many is a symbol of power and strength, as well as of life, it can also emulate many emotions associated with donation and transplantation.
As this is the 22nd annual service held by the Hunter New England Health, several of our guests have been coming to this service for many years, it is always very positively received and usually attracts over 100 people,” Ms Lacey said.
“It can be quite an emotionally charged day that is very sad for some people but recipients and donor families appreciate the opportunity to remember and give thanks.”
A family member from an organ donor will tell the story about their loved one and the decision to donate organs, and a recipient will also tell of the enormous change organ donation has made to their life.