Inaugural Green Shirt Day set to take place Sunday, April 7

By Garrett Simmons

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Communications Officer

Green Shirt Day will be recognized throughout Canada on April 7.

Friday morning at Lethbridge City Hall, Toby, Bernadine and Mariko Boulet outlined details of the event.

“In memory of the 15 Bronco players and staff, along with the 13 survivors that were on the bus with our son and brother, Logan, we are humbled to announce the inaugural Green Shirt Day in honour of Logan Boulet and The Logan Boulet Effect,” said Toby. “Green Shirt Day was risen from the ashes of this tragedy, to raise continual awareness to increase organ donor registration in Canada and beyond.”

The Logan Boulet Effect began shortly after the passing of the young hockey player on April 7, 2018. Acting on their son’s desire to become an organ donor, six of Logan’s organs were donated, to give six people the opportunity for a better life.

“Canada reacted,” said Toby. “Not only the Humboldt Broncos, with the hockey sticks, Humboldt Strong and GoFundMe donations, to name only a few of the many supportive acts by Canadians and our global community, but adding pen to action and registering to become organ donors.”

In unprecedented numbers, over 100,000 Canadians registered in the days and weeks following Logan’s selfless decision.

“The simple act of becoming an organ donor called a nation to action, and with the birth of Green Shirt Day, we hope it continues to inspire Canadians to register, have that ‘kitchen-table talk’ with their families and ensure that their wishes are known,” said Toby.

On April 7, Green Shirt Day activities in Lethbridge will include a free family skate at the ATB Centre from 4:15-6 p.m. Green Shirt Day t-shirts will be donated to the first 270 skaters.

Following the skate, city hall will be lit up in green, as locals will have an opportunity to gather as a community to show their support to help increase organ donor awareness.

“We hope that everyone gets on board with this idea to wear green on April 7 to show your support for organ donation,” said Bernadine. “We understand that 90 per cent of Canadians, when asked if they support organ donation, say yes, yet only 23 per cent of Canadians are registered.”

She added it only takes a few minutes to go online, or register when you are renewing your driver’s licence.

Green Shirt Day is another way to encourage Canadians to consider organ donation, and there are plenty of ways locals can help promote the event on April 7.

“Wear your green, take a selfie and tag yourself with @greenshirtday on any of Facebook, Instagram or Twitter,” said Mariko. “Let’s see how many people we can get talking about Green Shirt Day and organ donation by sharing their photos or videos on April 7.”

Lethbridge School District No. 51 will also participate in Green Shirt Day activities.

“We also know a number of schools that will be hosting events on the next school day, Monday April 8,” said Bernadine, who along with Toby, are both teachers with Lethbridge School District No. 51. “Kids ask questions all the time and we need to be able to talk to them about this at specific age-appropriate levels.”

Green Shirt Day is being presented by Canadian Blood Services, in partnership with Canada’s organ and tissue donation community, along with the Canadian Transplant Association, a non-profit, community resource partner for post-transplant recipients, donors and donor families.

For more on Green Shirt Day, including information on how to order your official green shirt, visit the Green Shirt Day website.

Date posted: March 1, 2019