THE Ethan “Jimmy” Seccull Foundation has raised awareness for organ and tissue donation globally, but it is still making a statement at home.
Jon and Michelle Seccull have made it their mission to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation since their three-year old son Ethan was fatally injured when he was hit by a train in Wallace two years ago.
Ethan’s parents made the decision to donate his organs, which resulted in three lives being saved.
On Wednesday, another life-saving community organisation got behind the foundation’s campaign. Ballarat City Fire Brigade members had the vital conversation about organ donation, and spoke with their families about signing up as donors.
Senior Station Officer Shane Phillips had the conversation with his wife years ago, and thought that being an organ donor was the “done thing to do”.
“Members of the CFA attended the incident two years ago and were all individually affected,” he said.
“Hopefully this will just encourage that conversation. So many are literally dying waiting for organs and if one or two more people do it, it’s worth it.
“There are 48 shift firefighters and all shifts have participated; they’ve gone home and had the conversation with their families.”
Mr Seccull said the foundation’s motive was to raise awareness, not funds. It has made an impact on social media, conjuring more than 1400 Facebook likes since July.
“I was surprised by the way the campaign took off. We now have more than 1400 Facebook likes, and that’s 1400 conversations people have had about organ and tissue donation,” Mr Seccull said.
“When we made the call we recognised that if Ethan was to be a potential organ recipient, he was going to be a potential donor.”
Ms Seccull said she was rapt with the community support the foundation had received.
“Thank you to these career firefighters – who save lives – for getting behind another cause that saves lives,” Ms Seccull said.
“Maybe the SES and ambos should get on board now.”
For information visit the foundation’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Ethan-Jimmy-Seccull-Foundation.