Leader: ‘Everyone can resolve to be a lifesaver’

The Scottish Government has launched a drive for more people to join the organ donor register and let their loved ones know their wishes. Picture: TSPL

The Scottish Government has launched a drive for more people to join the organ donor register and let their loved ones know their wishes. Picture: TSPL

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WHAT are your New Year resolutions for 2016, and how many have been broken already?

We will all have our own personal goals, some more achievable than others, lined up for 2016, but this year we should all make room for one more commitment.

The Scottish Government has launched a drive for more people to join the organ donor register and let their loved ones know their wishes.

Particular emphasis during this campaign is being put on donors from black, Asian or minority ethnic communities but everyone from all backgrounds should sign up.

It takes no time at all but will save a life, perhaps several.

Today we feature the story of Muhammad Azam from Edinburgh who received a life-saving liver transplant last December.

Thanks to the donor, his health has been transformed and he has gone from being often unable to walk to returning to work and leading a normal life.

He is just one of hundreds of Scots who benefit every year by being given a new lease of life thanks to the kindness of strangers.

And that stranger could be any one of us.

While we retain the current system for organ donation there is always going to be a need for more people to join the register.

So if you are not already there, make sure you sign-up today – visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

It’s quick and easy.

Tell your family your wishes and then forget about it and get on with your life.

Everyone has the ability to be a lifesaver, and this is one new year resolution you will definitely be able to keep.

Going to the gym more often or cutting back on the chocolates may be more difficult – but then there’s always next year.