• Country: Poland

  • Club: RAC Szczecin

  • District: 2231

  • Number of people involved: 20

  • Hours volunteered: 10

  • Quantifiable Results: Hundreds of people got to know about translantology

As of today, transplantology is still a very recent topic to discuss (if not more), hence the need to converse about it. Why? Simply because few people know how each and every one of us looks like in terms of the law. We are all potential donors. A formal consent to have our organs transplanted does not exist, whilst the sole statement of will has no legal capacity. These are only excuses to start a conversation with our close relatives. That is why Rotaract Szczecin International has begun an initiative to spread transplantological knowledge amongst the public. On the twentieth of April, an event ”Podaruj Cząstkę Siebie” took place at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Stettin during which Rotaract Szczecin, along with Życie po Przeszczepie, did its best to broaden the minds of not only adolescents but also the elderly concerning the transplantology and its legal regulations. We cared to encourage people to talk about it with their friends and family. What is more, the statements of will went like hot cakes! Alongside us, DKMS got involved in the event by acquiring persons willing to register as potential bone morrow donors. We also organised a possibility to give blood. This happening commences the nationwide campaign ”Rotaractowska sztafeta życia”. In order for the whole not to be received with exaggerated pathos, children from Stargard’s kindergarten turned up. They underwent a training conducted by fire brigade officers and took a bunch of photos, which were already sent to Warsaw, where the idea of popularising transplantology shall be carried on! How did the Rotaract Szczecin International prepare for this project? Naturally by studying the law itself, as the biggest amount of nuances is about it precisely. However young activists focused on something more than that. It must have been fate that on the 8th of April Rotaract had the opportunity to participate in the meeting with Adniana Szklarz, the author of the book ”Kobieta z męskim sercem”. The title itself was interpreted, since readers had many theories on it, especially at the very beginning. To be clear – the title person had had a male heart transplanted. Whereas the most crucial thing was the sole history of the making of the book, which begun on 2002. Then the author found out about her heart disease. Her son was 6 months at that time. The battle was worth a shot. The author precisely and minutely described her most important events of the hardest time of her life. She had waited 7 years for the transplant, beating the record for waiting on the way. Many people present at the meeting shed a tear. Incidentally the same happened to the author herself. All in all Rotaract did more than just having a word. She applauded the idea of the Rotaract’s Nationwide transplantological campaign, organizing an annual ”Marsz Zbigniewa Religi” herself. People associate me with the first heart transplant in Poland. But I know that if I had not tried, four or five years later someone else would have done that. I am however certain that no one would engage in the creation of the polish artificial heart. Had I not fought for the creation of this device, hundreds of people nowadays would have been dead, since no artificial ventricles would exist, that saved their lives and health. ~ Zbigniew Religa source: ”Człowiek z sercem na dłoni” The words of the late prof. Zbiginiew Religa are up to no verification. It is not advised to lessen the merits of the people, because we have lots of medical geniuses in Poland itself, not the mention the whole world. Operations, of which we read today on the Internet, in the press or simply hear from oral transmissions, pass the imaginations of the best of the best futurologists. Miracles happen in the hospitals. Nonetheless the time in the quotation of prof. Religa is significant – as in each and every circumstance in our life. In the period of those four, maybe five years, lots of patients had been saved, who without the initial achievement of prof. Religa would have very little chance of surviving, if not none. Rotaract Szczecin International followed the same path. It does not strictly take care of the activity of this scope. Rotaract could have done nothing and not organise this event at all. After all others could take care of that. If not today, then maybe in four or five years. Yet they decided to get involved. The whole event was accompanied by the heart miniature created by … It has become a symbol of Rotaract’s struggles with sharing the knowledge of transplantology, In its centre one may find the badges of RAC. Rotaract Szczecin International never lingers. One must act as if something has to be done for yesterday or even a week ago. On the very first meeting, when a project scheme was presented, each and every present person was not only interested in it, but also willing to take action. One must only make the first move in life. Later one only accelerates in their deeds and willingness to achieve greatness. It is similar to the nationwide transplantological campaign RAC. It all began when someone brave presented their plan and it met with approval of the group. Then the meeting with Adriana Szklarz, followed by the event at the Faculty of Humanities. At the moment the heart is probably in Warsaw. I wonder what is next?