300 business leaders ring the Bells of Christmas at the ninth annual Bells on
Bay St.

    Bells on Bay St. inspires business leaders to register their consent for
    organ and tissue donation

TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Three hundred business leaders took time from the hustle and bustle of attending holiday gatherings and trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones, to reflect this morning upon the urgent need to make one other vital gift - registration of consent to be an organ and tissue donor. They were participating in Intriciti's ninth annual Bells on Bay St this morning at the Toronto Board of Trade. This festive event provides Toronto business leaders with an opportunity to reflect and demonstrate that having values and faith does not happen only on Sunday.

Under the theme "A Christmas Card", this year's Christmas program took participants on a touching journey led by guest speaker Diane Craig, President of Corporate Class Inc., a donor mother and member of the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) Board of Directors.

Ms Craig spoke about the tragedy of losing her daughter Sandrine 10 years ago and how through Sandrine's death she gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. Ms. Craig urged business leaders to register consent to donate organs and tissues and to 'spend some quiet time with the Holy Spirit' that's in all of us.

"I have the highest regard for Intriciti. It is an organization that has helped so many integrate faith into their daily business affairs. And, I am proud to say that, in both my professional and personal life, my relationship with Intriciti certainly has had a remarkable and positive impact. I am delighted to have spoken at this event and welcome the opportunity to inspire people to register their consent for organ and tissue donation," she said.

Each business leader was given 12 Gift of Life Consent Forms, symbolizing the 12 days of Christmas.

"Together with Intriciti, we are inspiring business leaders throughout the city to make a difference. We want them to take those forms and connect through their business and personal networks to encourage the people they know to help save a life by registering consent to donate. It only takes a few minutes and your decision to register consent could save up to eight lives and enhance as many as 75 others," said Frank Markel, President and CEO of TGLN.

The need to register consent and discuss the decision with family members and friends is great: approximately 1,700 men, women and children in Ontario are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

"We all have the power to save and enhance lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation. Bells on Bay St. provides a wonderful forum to discuss the issues we face in donation and transplantation and offers an opportunity for business leaders to show their support by registering their consent," said Dr. Bob Bell, President of University Health Network (UHN), and Dr. Gary Levy, Director of Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network, who participated in the event.

Through its philanthropic practice area, Intriciti is committed to assisting both faith based and non faith based charitable organizations.

"Over the last five years, we have assisted over 40 organizations. Our organization inspires business leaders to integrate faith and business which at the forefront is caring for those in need. Our partnership with Trillium Gift of Life Network is synergistic to our passion," said Alana Walker Carpenter, CEO of Intriciti.

You can register consent to donate organs and tissue by visiting your local Service Ontario Health Card Services - OHIP office or outreach centre where you renew your health card. You can also register by downloading and filling out a Gift of Life Consent Form from www.giftoflife.on.ca and mailing it to the address on the form.

If you've already signed your donor card, please also register your decision to ensure that it is recorded in a database and can be made available around the clock. Please also share your decision with your family.

For more details on Trillium Gift of Life Network, please visit our website at www.giftoflife.on.ca. You can also call 416-363-4001 or toll free 1-800-263-2833. For more details on Intriciti, please visit our website at www.intriciti.ca.

INTRICITI: impacting the lives of decision makers

Authenticity. Best practices. Faith. These are not words that we associate with Bay Street. Intriciti is a non-profit organization, dedicated to inspire business leaders to integrate faith with business. Intriciti is supported by a solid team of high profile executives and led by Alana Walker Carpenter, the mind and hands of Intriciti and key team leader on the charity's areas of expertise. The group empowers its followers through five business practices - special events, individual and group coaching, roundtable discussions, leadership development, and philanthropic initiatives - to effect change and help executives to put their beliefs in action from Monday to Friday.

Trillium Gift of Life Network

Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario and is responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating and supporting organ and tissue donation across Ontario and improving the system so that more lives can be saved.

SOURCE Trillium Gift of Life Network

For further information: For further information: Sandra Fawcett, Trillium Gift of Life Network, (p) (416) 619-2335, (m) (416) 476-5971, (e) sfawcett@giftoflife.on.ca; Brigitte Foisy, Intriciti, (p) (416) 535-3939, (m) (416) 988-5708, (e) Brigitte@prdepartment.ca

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