October 10th: European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation

Seven Bulgarian towns and cities to light their landmark sites in green – the colour of donation and transplantation

To mark the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation, seven Bulgarian towns and cities will flood their landmark sites in green light after 7 p.m. on October 10th. Green has been designated the colour of organ donation and transplantation. The sites to be lit are the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, the Navy Headquarters in Varna, the Stefan Stambolov fountain and the city hall in Plovdiv, the St. George chapel and mausoleum in Pleven, the Tsarevets fortress in Veliko Tarnovo and the city halls in Ruse and Burgas. You will find the lighting timetable in the attached file.

This day is held to encourage public debate and raise awareness of the importance of organ, tissue and cell donation as a way to improve and save lives. The European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation is an occasion to honour all organ donors and their families and to thank donation and transplantation professionals, whose hard work helps to save lives and improve many people’s quality of life.

This year, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all countries worldwide and the uncertainty related to the organisation of major public events over the following months, the Council of Europe recommends that celebrations of European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation 2020 be held mostly online. Thus, Executive Agency “Medical Supervision” has organised only open-air events where all requisite safety measures will be observed.

  • Between 12 and 16 October, as part of the 2019–2020 Bulgarian National Campaign to promote organ donation and support transplantation, volunteers with the Bulgarian Red Cross Youth will be distributing information materials about organ donation and transplantation in ten Bulgarian towns and cities. You will find the distribution timetable in the attached file.
  • On 14 October, at 12 o’clock noon, 202 roses will be planted in the southern corner of the National Palace of Culture’s grounds, one for each organ donor in Bulgaria. Planting a rose garden in the centre of our capital is an act of gratitude for the donors and their families and a way to honour them.
  • On 17 October, at 12 o’clock noon, in the Atrium open space at the National Gallery (at Alexander Nevski square), donors’ families, transplanted patients, physicians, and media representatives will create a 3D heart with joint efforts – a solidarity act in support of organ donation and transplantation.

Executive Agency “Medical Supervision” would like to thank our partners: the Bulgarian Red Cross, the National Palace of Culture, Sofia Municipality and the municipal governments of Varna, Plovdiv, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse, and Burgas for their support and assistance in the organisation of these events to mark the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation.