Gift of Life Michigan hosted a breakfast on Thursday, November 24th to recap the successes from the 2019 Let’s Talk campaign. The Let’s Talk Campaign is Gift of Life Michigan’s first multicultural campaign aimed at addressing the urgent need for tissue and organ donation and to help people make informed decisions about the process.
The campaign featured social media, educational videos and a series of Dialogue Circles designed to inspire courageous conversation and debunk the myths surrounding organ donation in the African American, Arab American and Latinx communities. These dialogue circles were just the start of Gift of Life’s long-term commitment to increasing awareness of the need for more donors in multicultural communities.
Breakfast attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers who served as influencers, community advocates and Gift of Life Michigan spokespeople. They also previewed videos that showcased campaign successes, personal donor-recipient stories, and a donor process video. These videos will be shared on Gift of Life Michigan’s social media pages.
“It is critical that we encourage conversations about the importance of organ and tissue donation in order to positively impact our communities,” said Remonia Chapman, Gift of Life’s community outreach manager and director of Gift of Life MOTTEP. “It is our belief that increased dialogue will lead to increased awareness. Awareness will lead to the action that will save and transform more lives – that’s our commitment to our community.”
“We thank everyone who was involved in the dialogue circles and other events throughout the year said, Chapman. We also thank our media partners including Michigan Chronicle, FOX 2 News, iHeart Radio, International Outdoor, What’s Up Media Group, Radio CINA and LaExplosiva for helping us spread awareness. We look forward to continuing this work in 2020,” she added.
The community can get involved in 2020 by doing the following:
- Talk to your loved ones about organ and tissue donation
- Sign up to be a donor and encourage others to sign up
- VisitGOLM.ORG/LETSTALK to join the conversation
- Go on your social networks and share the message using the hashtags #LetsTalk and #GiftOfLifeMich