11th February 2014: Just finished a Skype call with a friend in South Africa. A girl she grew up with suffers from cystic fibrosis and she’s on a waiting list for a lung transplant.

Turns out that there are around 80,000 people on the South African Organ donor register. Out of a population of  around 50 million people. That is simply a disgrace.

I’m on the UK organ and bone marrow donor registers and I donate blood. Unless you have a serious health reason, you have no excuse NOT to make your body available to help others.

If you are reading this, PLEASE consider becoming an organ donor in your own/ host country. I can’t think of a more honorable way to live on after death than helping someone else live a fulfilling life.

If you live in South Africa, please sign up here.

If you live in the UK, please sign up here and here.


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  1. Update 2018: Siobhan Scallan passed away late last year, after a succesful double lung transplant in 2015. She spent the two years after her transplant promoting organ donation, along with her childhood friend, Gillian Walker. She was finally able to dance and live life to the full. Although the loss has been greatly felt by her friends and family, she has left a legacy of hope to many.

    Siobhan inspired me to take part in, and win, my first pool freediving competition in 2015. Her operation date coincided with my comp, and we used the same mantra:
    “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh.

    I was inspired by her fight, holding my breath as a tribute to her strength, which was so much greater than mine.

    Thank you, Siobhan. Rest in Peace.

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