How Can I Make A Difference?

Discuss the possibility of tissue donation with your family members, and make sure that they understand that your wish is to be a donor after your own death.

No medical tests are required, and it is not necessary to complete any additional forms.

Community Education

If you would like to arrange opportunities for any community education, then please contact the PR Office for support:

  • IOrganisations, Churches or Schools
  • ITertiary Institutions, Colleges or Universities
  • IFestivals, Expos or Awareness Days
  • ICorporate Wellness Days


The ULUNTU Project is an Organ Donation Foundation (ODF) initiative. ULUNTU aims to visit the millions of people who live in marginalised and vulnerable communities, to educate them properly about organ and tissue donation, in order to drive donor consent.

“Organ and tissue donation is in the spirit of Ubuntu – It’s the wise thing to do.”

Volunteer – How Can I Help?

Should you wish to volunteer your time and undergo training to actively assist with donor awareness in your own area, please contact the Organ Donor Foundation on their Toll Free line:

0800 22 66 11 or email

Financial Support

Centre for Tissue Engineering, as an entity within an academic institution, operates on a not-for-gain basis. Besides the day-to-day running of the organisation, the Centre for Tissue Engineering places great value on a few fundamental aspects for which funding is necessary, including:

  • IResearch & improvement of processes
  • IOngoing donor awareness programs and collaborations
  • ITraining of students who may want to follow a career in tissue engineering
  • IMaintenance of clean room facilities and upgrading of equipment

Should you wish to make a financial contribution to assist the Centre for Tissue Engineering in these endeavours, the following options are available to you:-

  • ITo ensure that your contribution is allocated as you intend, and to request a Section 18A certificate for tax purposes please contact Julie Purkis at before any payment is made.
  • IClick here for banking details.

SPINNEKOP – Volunteer


Since successfully running 1,572km from Pretoria to Lüderitz to raise awareness for organ & tissue donation during August 2018, Eric Nefdt (Spinnekop) once again donned his Super-hero costume to resume his journey and continue his mission.

The 33 year old Adventurer set out to cover the 1,700km distance over some 45-50 days (this equates to a marathon-a-day). The route resumed in Lüderitz, Namibia, heading down through the Western Cape, via Cape Town to end at Cape Aghulas, the Southernmost tip of Africa).

Eric was once again accompanied by paraplegic adventurer Normie Eckard (Ventures4Jesus). who this year relinquished support to AJ van der Walt, to complete the distance on a hand cycle. AJ van der Walt is one of the biggest Banting inspirations ever, (according to Prof Tim Noakes) having previously tipped the scales at 282kg. AJ, having lost an impressive 120kg has since taken part in a number of marathons and races, including the Cape Marathon.

The Adventurers managed to create awareness along the route by dedicating social media coverage of organ & tissue donors and recipients and the International Transplant Games in UK, visiting Hospitals and Transplant patients, giving radio and media interviews and attending a Press Event at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital on Friday 23rdAugust. This event was attended by Press, Medical staff, burn patients, organ transplant recipients and representatives of Centre for Tissue Engineering, Bone SA and Organ Donor Foundation of SA. The latter 3 of whom endorsed the campaign. Since the campaign during organ donor awareness month, SABC3 Afternoon Express dedicated an entire show to creating awareness with the focus on Tissue Donation. Guests included the ODF’s Samantha Nicholls, CTE’s Sandra Venter, burn survivor 10 year old Jerano Jacobus and Eric Nefdt.

So why this Campaign? The Spiderman suit embodies the Superhero inside all of us; because organ donation is made possible by Heroes – people who voluntarily choose to donate organs and tissue for transplantation. Nefdt believes anybody can be a Hero. “Think about what you would do if it were you, or somebody in your family that needed a lifesaving transplant. Let us spread the word about the value of transplantation, then register as a donor. Remember to share your wishes with your loved ones.”




Annual walks are held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban
to drive Organ and Tissue awareness and to encourage public participation

Organ Donor Month – August

National Transplant Day – 3 December

Donor Tribute Days