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Alan Turner is the CEO of the Zaidees Rainbow foundation, Alan recently purchase a Indian Chief from the Melbourne store and is new to our family. I tried hard to get him on a victory but the tassles got him in.

Please take the time to read the story or go online to www.zaidees.org to find out more information about this worth while cause. You to can make a difference and assist with a donation or purchase some laces. Maybe we could dedicate the next store ride to this very important foundation. Lets all make a difference on the next ride, ride for a cause, ride for the ZRF.

Zaidee’s Story

Zaidee Rose Alexander Turner – aged 7 years and 22 days died suddenly on 2nd December 2004 from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a Cerebral Aneurism. Zaidee’s parents, Kim and Allan, founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation not long after.

At the time of Zaidee’s death the Turner family had been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result Zaidee donated her Organs and Tissues at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as were her wishes at the time. From this gift, the lives of 7 people (6 children and 1 adult) were improved and, in some cases, saved.

Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and we have been told one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues in 2004. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to donate their organs.

Zaidee’s Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue. Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, have a second chance at life.

Zaidee’s gift of her organs to others will allow them to have another birthday. 1 in 5 people on the transplant waiting list will never get the chance to have another birthday if people do not become registered donors.

The symbol is representative of hope; after every storm the sun shines and there is a rainbow. For those people on the transplant waiting list, the rainbow symbol offers them hope. At the end of their rainbow is an organ or tissue to improve their life – or in most cases – save their life.

In 2004 130,000 Australians died. Only 218 were Organ Donors.

Concept of Shoelaces

Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces were developed by Kim and Allan Turner, parents of Zaidee, to raise national awareness of organ and tissue donation. It is their goal that Zaidee’s legacy and memory will deliver a national message.

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Several of you have contacted me to advice you have donated to this very special and worth while cause, Well done and I am sure that ZRF are grateful for your support. If you haven't logged into the site please take 5 minutes to read what this amazing organisation does and has achieved. Please consider your support for this very necessary foundation

Cheers

Colin

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