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The spirit of Andrew Hatfield lives on through Kin Canada.
April 22-29 was National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. Kin Canada first got involved with organ and tissue donor awareness in 2001 through our first national public awareness project, Kin-ODAC (Organ Donor Awareness Campaign).
Andrew, a St. John’s East Kin Kid, was born with a complex congenital heart disease. Andrew passed away waiting for a heart transplant, however, his dream of KIN helping other transplant hopefuls became Kin-ODAC.
Kin-ODAC is a natural extension of our partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada (our National service project). Since 1996, 766 people with cystic fibrosis received at least one lung transplant.
Kin members continue to promote organ and tissue donation through our partnership with Canadian Blood Services.
One organ donor can save eight lives and provide tissue for up to 75 people. Please remember the need for blood donations never ends and it’s important to know how to properly register as a donor. Even if you have documented your wishes by registering through a provincial registry, it is vital that your family knows about your decision.
Members of the Marystown Kinettes recently attended the annual Zone D spring conference in Salmonier. Members in attendance received Kin education, conducted zone business, as well as enjoying fellowship reconnecting with friends from other clubs.
We were proud to receive two awards — the Zone D Kinette skit award and the Zone D Kinette History Book award.
If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your community, E-mail pat_ink@hotmail. com or leave a message in our Facebook group Marystown Kinette Club. New members are always welcome.
For more information about the KIN organization visit www. kincanada.ca.
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Marystown Kinettes president Denisine Nolan accepted Zone Awards from deputy governors Mary Bursey and Roger Cairns.
Marystown Kinettes president Denisine Nolan, along with members Patsy Inkpen and Trish Power, attended a Zone D interclub in Mount Pearl to meet with Kin Canada National president Terri MacCannell.