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The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY PATSY INKPEN SUB­MIT­TED TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

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.

Con­fer­ence

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.

In­for­ma­tion

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.

“Be more than a vol­un­teer. Join the Fam­ily of Kin.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Marys­town Kinettes pres­i­dent Deni­sine Nolan ac­cepted Zone Awards from deputy gov­er­nors Mary Bursey and Roger Cairns.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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