Ballarat district footballers raise support for organ donation

BALLARAT, Central Highlands and Maryborough Castlemaine District football leagues are again throwing their combined weight behind Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation to promote organ donation.

Footballers in each competition will wear the foundation’s widely recognisable rainbow coloured shoelaces in matches this weekend.

Zaidee Alexander Turner died from a cerebral aneurysm at seven years and 22 days of age on December 2, 2004. 

In keeping with her wishes, Zaidee became one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues for transplants.

Not long later, Zaidee’s parents Kim and Allan founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation to assist those on transplant waiting lists.

The foundation’s symbol is representative of hope – after every storm the sun shines and there is a rainbow.

In 2004, of 130,000 Australians to die, only 218 were organ donors.

In 2011, 140,000 Australians died but still only 337 were organ donors.

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