QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Norm Miller addressed the Legislative Assembly on Monday to mark the first day of National Organ Donor Week and challenge his colleagues to increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors in their ridings.
“Awareness is important, but awareness isn’t enough,” Miller explained. “We need to become active agents of change. Doing so is as simple as taking 90 seconds to visit BeADonor.ca and registering to become an organ and tissue donor. With those 90 seconds, one individual can save up to eight lives through organ donation, and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through tissue donation.”
Currently, the Torch of Life relay, organized by the Step by Step Organ Transplant Association, is passing through Miller’s riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka as part of a cross-province campaign to raise awareness and increase rates of organ donor registration.
Last year, Miller and his caucus colleagues Frank Klees and John O’Toole challenged each other to raise the rates of registration in their ridings.
Since that time, the percentage of registered donors in each of the ridings has increased by about three percent, and Parry Sound ranks fourth among all Ontarian communities with a registration rate of 48 per cent according to BeADonor.ca.
“I am very proud of the progress we have made, and I am glad to work with organizations like Step By Step. We still have much farther to go, however, and I extend the challenge to all my colleagues at Queen’s Park.”