Frankfurt, September 03, 2009. The World Day/European Day
of Organ Donation will take place for the first time in Germany this year. A
unique event highlighting organ donation has been organized to attract
Berliners and visitors to the Brandenburg Gate on October 4, 2009. Famous
artists, bands and celebrities will entertain the audience and numerous booths
offer information and activities for kids and adults. The motto is: "You have
the power to donate life - be an organ donor".
main attraction is an open air concert in front of the Brandenburg Gate
featuring famous musicians and bands like John Lee's Barclay James Harvest,
Karat, Jeanette & Band, Stanfour, and Markus & die NDW Revue. The
musicians are going to fire up the audience so that nobody will feel cold - even with the expected autumn temperatures. The programme will be presented
live on stage by well-known German TV hosts Cherno Jobatey and Dennis Wilms.
The musical programme is interspersed with short live talks, interviews
and video statements by experts, transplant recipients, donor families and
public event in Berlin is organized by the Deutsche Stiftung
Organtransplantation and its international partners including the World Health
Organization, Fairtransplant, and the Council of Europe. Our aim is to raise
public awareness about organ donation and motivate everybody to make a
decision. The programme offers entertainment and information as well as active
participation. There will be sports activities and huge walk-in organs. Numerous
organizations and patient self-help groups have information booths along Stra'e
des 17. Juni and will answer all your questions related to organ donation and
The World Day of Organ
Donation aims at drawing attention to the worldwide shortage of donor organs.
On the other hand, the event also provides a platform for experts from all
continents, who exchange ideas and identify new strategies to promote organ
donation through improved coordination of international activities and cooperation.
While the venues were in Asia and South America in recent years, the focus is
again on Europe after Geneva hosted the event in 2005. The need for improving
public information and awareness is still high in Germany. This is also
highlighted by a recent survey showing that although over 80 percent of German
citizens are willing to donate their organs only 17
percent have an organ donor card.