Sunday, 4 May 2014

This year's resolution

Each year the National WI AGM votes on a Resolution which then becomes an on going WI campaign.Current campaigns includes Save Our High Streets, SoS Honey Bees, Care not Custody - for detainees with mental health issues - and More Midwives.
 [ Find out more at    www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns ]

April WI Life
As members of WOW WI and therefore the national WI , our group has to debate and vote on this years Resolution at our May meeting. Our majority vote, either for or against, the proposed Resolution is then taken by our local Delegate ( a Congresbury Evening WI member) to the AGM in Leeds in June.
This year's Resolution involves raising awareness about Organ Donation. Two  Committee members recently attended a  presentation on Organ Donation by Specialist  Transplant Nurses for the NHS South West. We also heard from WI members whose relatives had  life changing benefits after  receiving a donated organ.
Some of the main  points raised:
Every day 3 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant.
One organ donor can help up to 9 people waiting for a liver, lung or other organ donation.
However despite having registered as donors their  wishes are often unknown to their relatives, or the families overrule their decision and refuse donation when the occasion arises.
The Resolution as written is
" The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do like wise"


More information including the pros and cons of this Resolution  is available  in the April edition of WI Life Page 23, or online at   www.theWI.org.uk/resolutions
We will be discussing this at the WOW WI meeting on Tuesday 20th May.

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