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B.C. landmarks to glow green to urge people to become organ donors

Last Updated Apr 24, 2019 at 4:06 pm PDT

BC Place, Science World and the B.C. Legislature will be be lit up green for National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. (BC Transplant)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A few B.C. landmarks will look a little different Wednesday evening. It’s all in an effort to encourage more people to think about organ donation.

BC Place, Science World and the B.C. Legislature will be lit up green for National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week.

April 7, 2019 was the first was “Green Shirt Day,” in honour of Logan Boulet, a Humboldt Broncos player who died after the team’s bus collided with a transport truck in rural Saskatchewan last year. Boulet was one of 16 people who died. Thirteen other people were hurt.

Boulet had signed up to become an organ donor a year before his death.

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In the days following “Green Shirt Day,” thousands of British Columbians registered to become donors.

“Starting from the 1st of April we’ve had more than 12,000 people register at BC Transplant,” Elaine Yong with the organization said. “About 5,500 of those [were] online. On a typical day, we might get 20-40 online registrations … Its quite a significant increase.”

She notes it only takes two minutes to register online.

The idea of green-lit landmarks and city halls around B.C. is to serve as a reminder of the importance of organ donation. The not-for-profit’s group hopes to nearly 5,000 more new donors will register between April 24 and April 26.