This Friday, Olivet will be host to a National Organ Donation Awareness Competition (NODAC) campaign named “Heart to Heart”. Students will have 24 hours to promote the need for organ donation on campus.
“My husband passed away after waiting three years for a kidney transplant,” Laura Warfel, public relations specialist at Olivet Nazarene University said. “The bottom line was there were not enough kidneys.”
The campaign will begin at 10 a.m. in the quad, where students volunteering with the team will be wearing shirts bearing statistics on organ donation. A raffle will also be held for students who share their picture. Following the quad event, students will meet for Art Night in Common Grounds at 7 p.m. The night will feature performances themed on “Heart to Heart”.
“The need for organ transplant exceeds geographical boundaries,” Hira Uddin, a senior at Olivet, said. “My ex-boyfriend’s grandmother died of a heart attack waiting for a kidney in Pakistan.”
The campaign will end with a night of prayer in Kelley Chapel on campus. This section of the night will be focused on praying for those who are still on the waiting list for a donated organ. Students will again be able to become organ donors as well as sign up to receive more information.
“I’ve always believed that when you possess the ability, you’re with the responsibility. As a healthy human, I have the ability to help people by becoming an organ donor, and subsequently, I have the responsibility to do so,” Elijah Svoboda, a sophomore at Olivet Nazarene University said.
According to United Network for Organ Sharing, 22 people die on average each day. NODAC aims to utilize students and communities to spread awareness about the severity of the issue. Campaigns take place across the country in a number of environments each year. This year, Olivet’s PRSSA hopes to begin a tradition of starting conversations about organ donation that will become a standard in the Olivet community.