DURING National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (April 22-28), North Shore resident and transplant recipient, Hermann Nieweler, wanted to help the cause and others waiting for a transplant.
According to a written statement, he combined his love of jazz music and his desire to support the work of the Kidney Foundation of Canada by hosting a fundraising event April 21 at Hermann's Jazz Club in Victoria. Canadian and United States music legends and Juno Award winners turned out to entertain hundreds of event attendees.
While the funds raised are still being tallied, the awareness the event helped to create about the importance of registering one's wishes to be an organ donor was invaluable, said Nieweler, in the statement.
After a long period of illness followed by three and a half years on dialysis, he received a kidney transplant in 2010.
Because of one person signing an organ donor card, his life changed, he says.
Nieweler encourages community members to register as organ donors as the demand for organs far outweighs the supply.
To register, visit www.transplant.bc.ca or phone 1-800-663-6189.
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Faiyaz Moosa, a Grade 11 student at Sentinel secondary in the tennis academy program, was selected to attend the Forum for Young Canadians March 25-30 in Ottawa, Ont.
The forum is a week-long program giving youth across the country an opportunity to visit Parliament Hill and experience first-hand how the Government of Canada works.
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A team of North Vancouver Realtors, known as Team Clarke, were among those recently honoured for their extensive work in the community by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.
Team Clarke members Laura Clarke, Brooke Clarke, Jenny Gill and Rob Montgomerie, of RE/MAX Crest Realty in North Vancouver, received the Realtors Care Heart Award, presented to a person or group who've merited special recognition.
They received the award in recognition of their dedication to raising funds and awareness of ALS, which took the life of their mother, mentor, and Realtor Shirley Clarke.
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