The theme for Donor Appreciation Ceremony 2018 was ‘Builders of Lives’. The theme indicates how organ donors - our Heroes - play a key role to rebuild lives that were once broken by organ failure. Representatives of each donor family were invited up on stage to place a brick onto the ‘house’ (backdrop), symbolising the rebuilding and completing of homes that were once broken by organ failure.
The Donor Appreciation Ceremony (DAC) is typically organised every two years to honour deceased organ, tissue and whole body donors and to show appreciation to their families. During the ceremony, donor families and transplant recipients share their testimonies on how the donation and transplant had impacted their lives.
Donor families take pride, knowing that their loved one’s heroic acts and noble deeds made a difference in saving lives. Such intense emotions in donor families often move those present to tears. Families leave the ceremony comforted, knowing that the deepest appreciation is accorded to their loved ones who would always be remembered as Heroes.
Each donor family walked away with a jar containing “Stars of Love”, collectively folded by secondary school students and healthcare professionals, symbolising the heartfelt appreciation to our Heroes and their families.