The Gainesville Sun
UF students going green for new donors
Special to the Sun

April 11, 2002

University of Florida students are encouraging other to GO GREEN next week in forming the university’s first “living green ribbon” in honor of the life given through organ and tissue donation.

The GO GREEN Living Green Ribbon is part of the UF Get Carded awareness campaign aimed at educating college students about the need for organ and tissue donation.

Wearing green T-shirts, 250 students from various student organizations will gather on the north lawn of the Reitz Union to form the shape of a giant ribbon starting at noon April 18.

Because a green ribbon is the symbol of life through donation, its formation will be a strong statement for the cause, said Kim Hart, co-director of Get Carded.

“The living green ribbon will unite students and also rally campus support for donation,” Hart said. “It definitely will be an effective way to get out the message and to reach as many students as possible.”

The living green ribbon also is open the general public in order to demonstrate community support for organ and tissue donation.

The living green ribbon is one of many Get Carded events held April 16-19, in celebration of National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week.

Other events include a speaker’s forum, an educational fair, the Art of Donation contest and a reception where large donor cards will be signed by prominent figures of both UF and the community.

“Our goal is to make people realize the critical need for organ and tissue donation,” said Erin Thompson, public relations assistant for the Southeast Tissue Alliance and professional liaison for Get Carded.

“Thousand of lives are saved each year due to the generosity of donors, but that doesn’t come close to helping the 80,000 people waiting for transplants.”