Minute To Give It: PR Students Help Promote Organ Donation

18 04 2011

By Danielle Beyer (@DanielleBeyer)

Send a text. Check your email. Tie your shoe.

Those are all things that you can do in one minute or less.

Or you could untie your shoe, balance it on your toe and try to fling it on top of a table faster and better than your competition.

This is just one example of the highly energized, slightly random games you can participate in at PRSSA’sMinute to Give It” event to promote organ donation on Tuesday, April 19, from 6-9 p.m. in the Albee gym.

Two-person teams will compete in six rounds of one-minute games based on NBC’s television show “Minute to Win It.”

All attendees will receive a door prize ticket, and all participants will receive a “Minute to Give It” goody bag. The winners of the competition will also receive prizes, which can be viewed on the event’s website.

The focus of this event is to promote organ donation awareness among the UW Oshkosh community.  Besides the fabulous games, there will also be a table set up at the event where attendees can register to be an organ donor on the Wisconsin Donor Registry’s website.

Many people think that the orange donor dots that go on driver’s licenses is enough to get their organs donated when they die. However, people need to discuss their decision to donate with their families because that is who ultimately makes the choice.

And guess how long it takes to tell your family about your wishes? That’s right. About a minute.

This sort of education is the main motivation behind “Minute to Give It.” While there is a lot of fun to be had in these minute-long games, we also want to get the message across that people need to take a step beyond grabbing a sticker at the DMV if they really want their organs to be put to good use when they’re gone (because face it, they’re not going to be of any use to you when you’re dead).

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