Encouraging every transplant recipient to live their best life.
Any serious illness can be life-changing. A transplant of any kind has an even greater impact. A transplant recipient’s life changes completely – from being vigilant about health, diet, and lifestyle choices to, in most cases complying with a strict medical regimen, it is a balancing act to live optimally after a transplant.
That is where organisations such as the South African Transplant Sports Association play a major role. Their objective is is to be a leader in optimising the quality of life of organ and tissue transplant recipients, and through sports and other physical activities, promote organ donation and transplantation.
Our Vitanova team visited the South African National Transplant Games which took place in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape from 7 to 10 July 2022.
Lee-Ann Booysen and Robynne Silver braved early morning winter temperatures to travel from Cape Town to Gqeberha. Their mission: spread the word about tissue donation and encourage as many people as possible to register as organ and tissue donors.
The South African National Transplant Games were held on the premises of the beautiful Nelson Mandela University. Our Vitanova Ambassadors welcomed athletes, family members, supporters, and students alike. Together, we celebrated every athlete who took part in the various events.
Athletes participated in a variety of field and track events to qualify for the World Transplant Games which takes place in Perth, Australia from April 15 to 21, 2023. It will bring up to 3,000 transplant athletes, their families, and supporters together for a week to celebrate the ultimate gift – the gift of life.
Every athlete is required to adhere to a code of conduct and pledge to uphold the values of the Transplant Games.
The Vitanova team had the opportunity to meet athletes, discuss their transplant experiences and promote tissue donation to members, families and supporters.