Flanked by Toronto Maple Leafs alumni and the famous 1967 Stanley Cup truck, The Remington Group partnered with the Trillium Gift of Life Network to sign up hundreds of potential organ donors Saturday afternoon at Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival in Midland, Ont.
Fans flocked to meet and get autographs from Maple Leafs alumni Mike ‘Shakey’ Walton and Gary Leeman and to learn about the importance of organ and tissue donation at the Remington booth.
Organ donation awareness has increased in 2019, following the news about Humbolt Broncos player Logan Boulet, whose tragic death helped six people across Canada through the donation of his heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and corneas. April 7 is being recognized as Green Shirt Day in Canada in honour of Boulet’s gifts.
But there are still over 1,500 people in Canada still waiting for life-saving organ transplants. A single donor can save up to 8 lives, and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue.
Remington is honoured to be involved in raising awareness and partnering with an organization like Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s government agency responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplant.
Aside from meeting former Leaf greats, visitors to the Remington booth were given the opportunity to register for organ donation and receive a free “Be a Donor” T-shirt. They could also peruse Rick Parliament’s stunning 1967 Ford F-100 pickup truck, a fully-restored four-wheeled tribute to the 1967 Stanley Cup winning team covered with images from the ’67 team.
Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival is hailed as Canada’s original and largest butter tart festival, with an estimated 65,000 visitors and 200,000 butter tarts sold.
For more information about becoming an organ and tissue donor or to check your donor status, please visit The Remington Group’s campaign page at ilovedonors.ca.