ORGAN DONOR FUN WALK RAISES AWARENESS
*Caption: Walkers at the fun walk warmed up with zumba exercises before attempting the 5km walk
Written by: Thembelenkosini Makhuba
“You’re six times more likely to need a transplant than to be a donor,” said Janet Leegamate, one of the organizers of the Organ Donor Foundations Fun Walk that took place on Sunday.
The Fun Walk, which happened for the first time in four years, was hosted at the Suncoast Casino’s Sundeck at the Durban Promenade. Upon arrival, walkers received free t-shirts and were encouraged to post comments on social networks about the Fun Walk to get it trending.
The event’s main aim was to raise awareness around the subject of organ donation and to register as many individuals as organ donors.
Walkers described the atmosphere before the walk as being beautiful, lively and stress-free.
“It’s really cool because of the support we have. People here are relaxed and easy to talk to, it’s a lot of fun,” said Shabana Roopnarain, one of the participants.
Students from Hillcrest High school also volunteered their time to help with the day’s proceedings.
“We are actually surprised that so many people are here today. We’re to help out where ever we can, from setting up and cleaning up afterward,” said Phumelela Mchunu, a student at Hillcrest High School.
Fun was on the agenda for the walk as organizers gave out tickets that qualified participants to win special hampers.
“We need more awareness in KZN, I can relate to this foundation because my family and I have experienced when a loved one needs a transplant. My heart is in KZN,” said Janet Leegamate.
Walkers were encouraged to sign up and become an organ or tissue donor and free goodie bags were handed out at the end of the walk.