All around the world, there are thousands of people alive today, unified by a common bond. Some owe their lives to living donors, who are family members or friends….others to the generosity of perfect strangers, organ and tissue donors driven by the desire to give life to others after their death.
The need for an urgent or life-saving transplant knows no boundaries – it affects people regardless of their gender, age, religion or ethnicity.
Established in 1978, the World Transplant Games Federation is a worldwide organisation with representation from more than 60 countries that celebrates successful transplantation and the gift of life through unique and inspiring events – namely the Summer and Winter World Transplant Games.
Our principle aim is to raise public awareness of the importance and benefits of organ donation by demonstrating the health and fitness that can be achieved post-transplant. Equally, we aim to encourage all recipients to remain fit and healthy post transplant.
We understand that receiving a transplant is a major transition in the journey of life and we have introduced various education programmes to help all recipients live life to the fullest.
We aim to educate the public on the principles of organ donation and to highlight the worldwide shortage of donor organs. We are recognised by the International Olympic Committee and actively promote the benefits of sport at all levels and fair play for transplant recipients.
Our athletes are our ambassadors for the value of organ donation and give hope to people on transplant waiting lists.
The World Transplant Games give recipients the motivation to strive towards full rehabilitation through exercise, camaraderie and healthy living. They also provide them with a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who made it all possible – the donors, their families, health professionals, researchers and carers… Without them, there would be nobody on the starting line.