Petition Tag - donation

1. Anna's Organ Donation Bill

Today, I am writing you to let you know about a wish I have developed from a 15 year old girl who has received a second chance at life. My sister, Anna Parish had a liver transplant in 2012 after waiting on the organ donor list for 3 years. She used to have a hard time getting through each day. Her life was constantly on hold. She was not able to participate in activities with her friends & unable to keep up in school because of stamina, doctor visits & hospitalization. All the while she volunteered & worked tirelessly when feeling well, to raise awareness for organ donation.

In 2012 she received a call that there was an organ match for her. It was a miracle. After fighting hard through one case of organ rejection, steroid induced diabetes and a virus called CMV (which is life threatening to transplant patients), Anna is back in school and feeling much better. She has fought hard to get her where she is today; but, with the help of her doctors and her luck of receiving an organ, she now has a chance at a normal life. Before transplant, Anna was in and out of the hospital constantly spending countless hours away from family and friends. She missed out on a lot of her childhood for 12 years.

From personal experience through this journey, I have learned the hardships as well as miracles that come with organ transplants and I don’t want anyone to have to wait as long as Anna did. For years all we could do was hope for a call, and some days, it seemed like the call would never come. At the time, there seemed like there was nothing to do but now, I want to make a difference. Today, we are not lacking healthcare or doctors however we are lacking donors.

America is one of the many countries with an "opt-in” or “explicit consent”rule when it comes to organ donation. Because of this rule, many people who would be willing to donate their organs die before they take the time to register as a donor. In European countries, the “opt-out” rule or “presumed consent” is proven much more effective. Those who are unwilling to donate their organs are much more likely to take the time and un-register themselves as an organ donor, rather than the citizen who would be willing to donate their organs but does not have the knowledge or take the time to register themselves. According to the New York times, when comparing Austria and Germany, two countries of very similar economies, Germany, with an opt-in system, only has 12% of their population registered as donors while Austria, with an opt-out system, has 99% population as organ donors. Today in America, more than 120,000 Americans are waiting for a transplant and 22 Americans die each day waiting. This clearly proves the flaws in America’s system. European countries that have adopted the opt-out system saw an improvement where 99% of their population became donors vs. 30% when they had the opt-in. With America being very similar to these European countries and having 40% registered as organ donors-this change is possible for us too. In a 2012 poll by Gallup for the U.S. Health and Human Services, about 95% of Americans approved of organ donation.

This is why Anna and I decided to make a video on YouTube sharing our story, promoting Organ Donation, and with the end goal of changing America’s Organ Donation system. After spending countless amounts of time trying to raise awareness for Organ Donation, Anna and I wanted to be more effective and make a national change. Anna and I really believe we have the power to get to Washington and change the nation, but we need all the help we can get!

Switching to an opt-out system does not take away anyone’s consent or choice of becoming an organ donor, rather it forces citizens to think about their lives and decide. The most common reasons for people not becoming donors is they don’t take the time, they lack knowledge in the subject, or they believe it to be unethical or against their religion. When asked in the DMV, often kids are too young and even many adults are undereducated in the subject and unable to understand the real importance of being an organ donor; so the easier answer is no. If 9 in 10 Americans agree with Organ Donation, a opt-out policy is obviously the most efficient and logical way of operating organ donations. No one plans on dying, and if an American wished to be an organ donor but never got around to signing up, an opt-out system ensures they get their wish when they are no longer there to make the decision for themselves.

I would like to propose changing America’s current system from an opt-in to an opt-out to force the population to learn about organ donation and give this cause the time it deserves. This does not force anything upon anyone-just gives the majority of the population their wish of saving lives after their’s is over and leaving an impact on the world when they’re gone.

2. More Relief For Jammu and Kashmir Floods (Sign and Forward)

On 7th September, Kashmir has witnessed one of the worst floods in the region in the last 50 years. The death toll is increasing by the hour as hundreds of people are feared dead due to the floods.

Thousands of people are still trapped in these regions with no clean drinking water or food. Even after 4 days, the government is unable to provide basic supplies to those who are stranded. Hospitals have been abandoned by the doctors and administration, leaving patients and those in need helpless.

It is evident that the government rescue mission in the area has been inadequate and additional help is needed to overcome the effects of this disaster.

3. Global Collaboration, Curing Cancer

Many of you may have seen the 'Stand up to Cancer' campaign which was aired on Channel 4 in October 2012, which asked for public donations in order to fund Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK are the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through scientific research.

According to Cancer Research UK, they are on the cusp of many cancer treatments, however there is a gap between the discoveries coming out of the lab and the number that they can afford to take forward to develop as new tests and treatments.

To date, the 'Stand up to Cancer' National campaign has raised over £8 million pounds which is fantastic. However, we know it takes about £500 million to to take a drug all the way from the lab to the market; this figure takes into account all of the treatments that didn't make it.

Therefore, I personally feel that a faster way to close this monetary gap between scientific discoveries and bringing those treatment to the patients, was if the world's most profitable corporations all collaborated together and donated a small percentage of their pre-tax earnings to Cancer Research UK.

The more ideas that they can test, the more likely they are to get new treatments to patients faster. And as I say, there are many treatments that are on the cusp of being brought to market.

This may appear to be a large 'ask' of our profitable organisations, however sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective if you have the collective power of many people.

4. Outlaw Super Pacs in the US

The United States currently allows organizations to raise unlimited amounts of money through Super PACS to help support the election of political candidates.

This creates anonymity so we do not know who is supporting which candidate and allows supporters to run advertisements which may be untruthful and cannot be traced back to the individual or party running for office.

The individual or party running for office is not officially receiving funds but they benefit from donations and are ultimately tied to donors when they are elected.

This gives corporations an avenue to buy governmental favors. Donations may also be anonymous and voters cannot see who is donating to a particular campaign.

5. Stop blood discrimination

The UK government has lifted the ban on sexually active men who have sex with me from donating blood. However, they have put in its place a 12 month celibacy period which effectively acts as a ban.

There are people who can donate blood whilst taking fewer precautions than some men who have sex with men.

We believe that this is discrimination based on outdated information. If heterosexual couples can donate then why can't homosexual couples.

6. Save Lives Through Presumed Organ Donation :: Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

4500+ Canadians currently await an organ transplant because the need for replacement organs far exceeds the available supply. for waitlist individuals, this leads to debilitated lifestyle, critical care intervention, or premature death. sadly, hundreds of preventable deaths result each year due to organ shortages.

Presently, the organ donation registration process varies across Canada. only 2 provinces have an official organ donation registration system in place (BC & Ontario). for the remaining provinces/territories, organ donation of the deceased individual is ultimately vulnerable to omission or disregard: within the extant system, family members are empowered to make the final decision.

In conducted health polls, 95% of Canadians answered that they would accept an organ in the event they needed one. additionally, the majority of these surveyed individuals were not in fact opposed to the idea of organ donation but rather quite the opposite. so if the majority of the nation supports the idea of organ donation, then why have so few actually registered?

The establishment of a federal organ donor registry would bridge this gap. Upon legal age, citizens would be automatically registered as willing organ donors in the event of a premature death. to ensure personal freedom and rights are protected for every citizen, each individual would be provided with the option to legally unlist from the registry. in the case of a minor, the choice to donate would become a legal guardian responsibility. presumed organ donation would more accurately represent the disposition of Canadian citizens, minimize premature death based on organ shortages, while still protecting personal freedoms and rights.

How can you help eradicate the organ shortage crisis? a bill will be proposed to the Government of Canada (with the signatures added to this petition) which will state:

Let it be recognized that every citizen of Canada of legal age be registered in a Federal Presumed Organ Donor Registry unless otherwise specified by the individual right to unlist.

PLEASE, sign the petition and forward the link. join us in raising our voices to make a difference in our nation… because WE can.

Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

Plus de 4500 Canadiens sont actuellement en attente d’une transplantation d’organes parce que le besoin pour le remplacement d’organes est supérieur aux dons disponibles. Cet état de fait peut compromettre la qualité de vie des gens dont le nom figure sur la liste d’attente. Plusieurs individus doivent recevoir des soins intensifs et certains mourront de façon prématurée. Ainsi, des centaines de morts surviennent chaque année à cause de ce manque d’organes.

Pour l’instant, les registres de dons d’organes diffèrent à travers le Canada. Seulement deux provinces – l’Ontario et la Colombie-Britannique possèdent un registre officiel de donneurs d’organes. Pour les autres provinces et territoires, le prélèvement d’organes de la personne décédée est susceptible d’être omis ou même de ne pas être envisagé.

D’après des sondages portant sur la santé, 95 pour cent des Canadiens ont indiqué qu’ils accepteraient de recevoir un organe en cas de besoin. Ainsi, la majorité des gens interrogés étaient favorables au don d’organes. Alors pourquoi si peu d’entre eux ont-ils clairement exprimé leur volonté?

La mise sur pied d’un registre fédéral officiel viendrait combler ce vide. Au moment d’atteindre la majorité, les citoyens seraient d’emblée considérés comme des donneurs potentiels en cas de mort prématurée. Pour garantir la liberté individuelle et la protection de chaque citoyen, chaque personne se verrait offrir le choix de se désister officiellement de ce registre. Dans le cas d’un mineur, la décision du don reviendrait aux parents ou au tuteur légal. Le consentement présumé de don d’organes correspondrait davantage à la position des Canadiens sur la question et contribuerait à réduire le nombre de morts prématurées liées au manque d’organes tout en protégeant le choix et la liberté de chacun.

Comment aider à réduire le manque d’organes disponibles ? Un projet de loi sera proposé au Gouvernement canadien (et sera accompagné des signatures de cette pétition) et se lira comme suit :

Reconnaissons que chaque citoyen canadien ayant atteint l’âge de la maturité fasse partie du registre de consentement présumé de don d’organes à moins d’un désistement volontaire.

SVP, signez la pétition et faites suivre ce lien. Vous aussi, vous pouvez faire une différence. D’après Transplant Québec, « un donneur d’organes peut sauver jusqu’à 8 vies. Un donneur d’organes peut aussi aider jusqu’à 15 autres personnes par le don de tissus. »

Nous, soussignés, invitons le Gouvernement canadien à mettre en place un système de consentement présumé de don d’organes afin de réduire le manque actuel et d’ainsi sauver des vies.

7. Review administration of donation of Mr. Petros I. Tsiros to the Church of Cyprus

In 1984 Petros I. Tsiros passed away after making the biggest ever donation to the Church of Cyprus, a property donation believed to be worth by today’s value, of well over One Billion Euros (600 Million Cypriot Pounds), with the express written condition that the Church of Cyprus should use the profits from the sale and development of that land, for public charitable causes and every time such funds were used to announce that they originated from Petros I. Tsiros donation fund.

After thirty five or so years and hundreds of millions of proceeds from that donation, the people of Cyprus are still anxiously waiting for the first of such announcements and the handling of the donation has remained an enigma to many.

For more info please view the blog

8. Legalize Marijuana

Our country's war on drugs places great emphasis on arresting people for smoking marijuana. In the last decade, 6.5 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges, a greater number than the entire populations of Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming combined. In 2006, state and local law enforcement arrested 829,625 people for marijuana violations.

Annual marijuana arrests have nearly tripled since the early 1990s, and is the highest number ever recorded by the FBI.

As has been the case throughout the 1990s, the overwhelming majority of those charged with marijuana violations in 2006 -- 738,915 Americans (89 %) -- were for simple possession. The remaining 90,710 individuals were for "sale/manufacture", an FBI category which includes marijuana grown for personal use or purely medical purposes. These new FBI statistics indicate that one marijuana smoker is arrested every 38 seconds in America. Taken together, the total number of marijuana arrests for 2006 far exceeded the combined number of arrests for violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Like most Americans, people who smoke marijuana also pay taxes, love and support their families, and work hard to make a better life for their children. Suddenly they are arrested, jailed and treated like criminals solely because of their recreational drug of choice. State agencies frequently step in and declare children of marijuana smokers to be "in danger", and many children are placed into foster homes as a result. This causes enormous pain, suffering and financial hardship for millions of American families. It also engenders distrust and disrespect for the law and for the criminal justice system overall. Responsible marijuana smokers present no threat or danger to America or its children, and there is no reason to treat them as criminals, or to take their children away.

As a society we need to find ways to discourage personal conduct of all kinds that is abusive or harmful to others. Responsible marijuana smokers are not the problem and it is time to stop arresting them.

The GrassRootsChamber believes in the ultimate goal of NORML and The NORML Foundation is to end the criminal prohibition of marijuana. We do not believe otherwise law-abiding citizens who smoke marijuana should be arrested and treated like criminals. Adults should be permitted to smoke marijuana in private. Federal prohibition of marijuana should be abolished and the states should be encouraged to experiment with different models of decriminalization.

9. Request for a public vote on an 'opt-out' organ donor system

As of the end of September 2010 there is a little over 8000 people waiting for a potentially life saving or life changing organ donation. Each year around 3000 transplants are carried out, but sadly that is still below the number of people added to the register. More than 400 patients die each year while on the waiting list.

Up to 90% of the UK population support organ donation but only 24% have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register. Many people tell the NHS it is simply just something they "have not got round to doing". (Source NHS)

The UK Government have spent many years procrastinating about implementing an 'opt-out' organ donation system, but they have been unable to make a decision.

I am not suggesting that we try and badger the government to make the hard decision here. What I am suggesting is that they give the public the responsibility of making the decision for them.
I would like to believe that we are mature enough to take the responsibility upon ourselves and we might finally get around having something done to help reduce the number on the waiting list.

It may be obvious from reading between the lines that personally I am FOR the opt-out scheme and I am gambling that if it went to a public vote, that is how the general public would vote. But having said that, if you are flat against the opt-out system this petition is ALSO FOR YOU, as you will have your say if it goes to a vote, rather than the government deciding for you.

Some other facts from the NHS :-

You are (currently) more likely to need a transplant than become a donor.

30% of the people on the NHS Organ Donor Register are aged between 16 and 25 when they join.

All the major religions support organ donation and many actively promote it.

Repeated surveys show that the majority of the public support organ donation.

A donor can donate a heart, lungs, two kidneys, pancreas, liver and can restore the sight of two people by donating their corneas.

Donors can also give bone and tissue such as skin, heart valves and tendons. Skin grafts have helped people with severe burns and bone is used in orthopaedic surgery.

Transplanting a kidney patient costs around £26,000 in the first year for surgery and drugs and £7,500 a year thereafter - £56,000 over five years. A patient remaining on dialysis would cost between £98,000 and £148,000 over the same period.

Finally, I do not work for the NHS. I am simply an interested party.

Thank you.

10. Allow Gay Men and Woman to donate blood

Currently the policy is to ask those in groups shown to have a particularly high risk of carrying blood-borne viruses not to give blood. This includes men who have ever had sex with men, with this exclusion resting on specific sexual behaviour (such as oral or anal sex between men) rather than sexuality.

There is, therefore, no exclusion of gay men who have never had sex with a man, nor of women who have sex with women.

11. Blood Donor Satellite Clinic in Fort McMurray

According to a recent poll, 52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. Yet only 425,000 Canadians are active blood donors.

One person can donate whole blood up to six times a year, improving the quality of life of as many as 18 people.

There hasn't been a mobile clinic in Fort McMurray in over 10 years. With a population of over 100 000, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo could contribute to the Canadian blood supply as well as the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.

12. Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation

Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation.

A Petition for the Government to change Legislation to "Opt-out" and Save Lives

13. Allow Fair Blood Donation Policies

In 1983, the United States Food and Drug Administration began to require all blood to be screened. One such required screening was for what we now know as Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Very little was known about the disease and at the time it was known as "gay related immune deficiency." Science has now shown that HIV is not a "gay disease."

The American Red Cross, the naiton's leader in blood collection, has criticized the FDA's policy as "medically and scientifically unwarranted."

All blood that is collected is screened for the HIV virus.

14. Support Bone Marrow Donor Education

Over 6,000 people search for a bone marrow transplant in the US on any given day. These bone marrow transplants have become the national standard for treating many types of leukemia, lymphoma or other life threatening diseases. There is a special call to donate by people of diverse ethnic backgrounds including: Black, Indian-American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic and people of mixed Heritage.

The test to join the National Bone Marrow Registry is a simple cheek swab. And contrary to common belief, bone marrow can be given more easily than that of blood.


We have the ability, as a society, to make a difference in people's lives. I believe that we can make it an American Tradition to donate to one Charity, or help someone in need, once a year.

I, therefore, ask that we set a precedence by establishing CHARITY DAY, November 3, every year. It is one more way to change this beautiful world of ours, in beauty and love, step by step, person by person, small donation by small donation. Kindness always gives Love physical wings.


16. Criminalize Begging and Panhandling in Malaysia

Dear Friends,

I would like to put an end to begging. I always wonder who these people are and how my money is going to be spent: Will it be used to pay for administration or directly in the helping of the needy? How will I know that this person is legitimate? As I ponder these questions, I feel pressured to give and when you give in doubt, you are insincere. Thus making the donation less altruistic than it should be.

I hate stealing of any kind, it robs you not only of material possessions but casts a shadowy cloud over humanity. It taketh away the sense of justice and mercy that the virtuous act of giving is supposed to uphold.

I have heard rumours of syndicates who use the disabled to arouse sympathy, of miscreants who feign incapacity to collect donations and of organisations who are fronts of criminal activity under the guise of religiousity and charity that fool the public. I have personally experienced individuals seeking donations who have been ‘endorsed’ by a letter from some authority. I often wondered why the government issue out such letters claiming the authenticity of these fund raisers, when tax payers have already contributed precisely to manage their welfare.

Therefore, I would like to put forward a programme to eliminate this potential menace by requesting:

1. The government to publicise its welfare programmes and encourage those who wish to help the needy nominate the candidate through proper channels.

2. The establishment of a Charities Commission to oversee the management of charity organisation and those seeking to solicit funds from the public.

3. To make public the names of all tax-exempt charity organisations and their Board of Directors. This task should be handled by a separate organisation (I dub it Charities Exchange) under the purview of the Home Ministry. Its function is to mirror Bursa Malaysia of maintaining adequate disclosure and accountability of the highest order.

4. To cease and desist of issuing of letters on government stationery purporting to allow and support individuals to collect funds from the public.

5. The establishment of policies and rules for soliciting donations.

6. To criminalise panhandling and begging.

I believe this is an issue of great concern to our national security. If you support the same, please sign the attached petition.

17. Australian Idol - Do The Right Thing!


Are you a jilted Australian Idol Fan?
Or do you just have an interest in media and television?

Call upon Channel 10 and Grundy, the producer's of Australian Idol, to do the right thing!

They may not have broken the law, but they have tarnished the Australian Idol crown and fans are disillusioned. As an act of goodwill, and to restore the viewer's faith in the show, we call upon Channel 10 and Grundy to do the following:

All money that Channel 10/Grundy gained from this round (from Sunday November 2, 2003 to Monday November 3, 2003) of the Australian Idol voting process (less that which is refunded to voters by a certain date) must be donated to charity.

The total profit gained from the votes (not just that raised after 7pm) must be disclosed. Evidence of a donation to charity in the same amount must be shown to the public.

Sign the petition and remind Channel 10 and Grundy that it's YOUR Australian Idol - tell them to Do The Right Thing!