You only live once but if you do it right once is enough. Nathan Gremmo
Have you ever saved someone’s life? Perhaps, pulled someone from the surf or been the first at an accident and given lifesaving CPR? I try and imagine the life of a paramedic or doctor in Emergency. What it must be like to know that, because of your actions and decisions, someone is alive today. If this rings true with you, I am sure that the person you saved is extremely grateful. What a gift life is - and we only have one shot at it! One! That’s it – once it’s gone it’s gone!
Each and every one of us has the opportunity to potentially save another’s life. How? By donating your organs when it is your turn to go. This may be somewhat confronting, but it’s true. There are many patients calling out for organs which could save their life. We all have this lifesaving ability. Are you registered as an organ donor?
On Friday 1 September, St Luke’s Grammar will once again proudly participate in Jersey Day. Jersey Day is a simple concept designed to raise awareness of the Organ and Tissue Authority and the Donate Life network. On Jersey Day, schools and workplaces across the country allow students and employees to wear their favourite football jumper as a catalyst to promote dialogue about these special organisations. It is important to note that it is not a fund raising event.
Jersey Day is inspired by Nathan Gremmo who, in 2015, tragically lost his life aged 13. Nathan became an organ donor and saved six lives. Only hours before his untimely death, Nathan wrote on his Instagram account: “You only live once but if you do it right once is enough”. His family, shattered by the experience, decided to launch Jersey Day in Nathan’s honour. Jersey Day has grown from strength to strength and is well supported by many organisations and personalities including the NRL, the Governor General and the Prime Minister.
Organ donation can be a sensitive topic to discuss. St Luke’s understands this and we therefore take great care to be sensitive with our language with younger students. We recognise that it needs to be presented to Junior School students in a way that is simplified and does not upset them. For this reason, our staff will limit their explanation of the reason behind our participation in Jersey Day to a message that we are wearing jerseys to raise awareness for the need to care for people who are sick.
We are looking forward to a fun filled day, raising awareness of such an important topic and enjoying sporting our favourite football team.
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