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Cumberland DCI
312 Landrum Place Clarksville, TN 37043
The Event
Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Booth at Clarksville's Rivers and Spires Festival
Location & Address
Rivers and Spire's Festival in downtown Clarksville
The Hemo Heroes set up a booth at Clarksville, Tennessee’s annual River & Spires Festival to promote organ and tissue donation on April 15th and 16th. Our theme as displayed on our banner was “Recycle Yourself. Be an Organ and Tissue Donor”. Thousands of people attend this festival annually and it was a great opportunity to get the word out about organ and tissue donation. Many people stopped by our booth to check us out. It was mostly the prize wheel we had that caught their attention as everyone was eager to spin it. Kids were also standing in line to have their faces painted. We had employee volunteers to paint faces as well as art students from a local high school. Not only did the kids enjoy having their faces painted, but as you can see from the pictures, Cumberland DCI’s staff did too! The helium tank with balloons was also a big hit. We filled almost 500 balloons that could be spotted all over downtown Clarkville. As festival goers stopped by our booth, we handed them a tote bag (provided by TN Donor Services) with items promoting organ donation such as a silicone bracelet, bumper sticker, button, pencil, etc., all with the “Recycle Yourself” logo. We also included information on how to get on the organ donor registry in TN, a beautiful poem about organ donation, and DCI’s wallet card on kidney disease. Volunteers, including 2 transplant recipients, were available to answer questions and provide information. We had some crazy, cold weather including thunderstorms and tornado warnings, but it did not dampen the spirits of volunteers or those that came out to enjoy the festival. Despite the downpour, we still had quite a few visitors at our booth. Volunteers said they had a great time and many asked if we were going to do this again next year. For every person that signed up to be on the organ donor registry, we donated $25 up to a maximum of $1,500 to the City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department to improve a local park. The donation will provide a bench at the new Liberty Park and will include a plaque to honor those that choose to become organ donors. When the event ended on Saturday night, our registration forms totaled 88. That was 86 for TN and 2 for KY. However, it doesn’t end there. Many of the people that visited our booth wanted to take information home with them so they could think about joining the registry at a later time. One of our volunteers took blank forms to her family and friends and a professor from the local university said she intended to make copies for all of her students. This awareness event has the potential to reach many more people and hopefully will result in more Tennesseans on the organ donor registry. All in all, volunteers had a great time and we felt that it was a success!
Date & Time
April 15, 2011, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, and April 16, 2011, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
For More Information
April Puckett 931-645-1236 ext 15

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