Living Green Ribbon Event
The living green ribbon gather about 75 University of Florida students,
faculty and staff to the Reitz Union North Lawn to create life in a new
way. The green ribbon is a symbol LIFE through organ and tissue donation.
Participants of the ribbon received free green T-shirts, Domino's pizza
and many other Get Carded specialty items, such as cups, Frisbees, pens
and donor cards.
The living green ribbon was an event that showed life
exists in many ways. Each person in the picture signed a giant donor pledge
card, which meant they would go home and talk to their families about
The Art of Donation
The art contest was an event where individuals could participant and design
a piece of art using any medium they felt comfortable, such as water colors,
oil, pastels, charcoal and color pencils. The message was "Brightening
Lives Through Organ and Tissue Donation." The art was displayed on
the 2nd floor of the Reitz Union at the University of Florida. The top
three places all received a cash prize of $150 for 1st place, $100 for
2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.
Through the Get Carded educational days, students talk to their
peers about donation and share facts and myths about donation. There were
two sites set up on the University of Florida campus; one located at the
Reitz Union lawn and the other at Turlington Plaza, which are considered
two of the busiest areas on campus. Team members encouraged students to
sign donor pledge cards, take free pens, cups and pins, and handed out
The "Let's Talk About Life" speakers' forum gave students and
faculty an opportunity to hear true stories from those who have been affected
by donation personally as either a recipient or a family member of a donor.
The Keynote speaker of the evening was Alachua County Sheriff Stephen
Oelrich. Sheriff Oelrich's son was a donor who has saved or enhanced the
life of over 100 people. The other four speakers' were University of Florida
students. Their stories had the audience almost in tears.
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