O2p Team

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O2P was formed to increase public awareness of organ donation. The team consists of haemodialysis patients, renal transplant patients, and  health care professionals. The name represents a dream of dialysis patients (Oh to pee!).  Over 500 people in BC are waiting for a kidney transplant with many anticipating a 5 to 10 years wait. While waiting for a transplant, patients must undergo time consuming dialysis treatments.  Dialysis removes excess fluid and waste from the body in order to maintain life.  A transplant is the best treatment for kidney failure and provides a person the chance for a normal life. Patients can receive a kidney from family, friends, or individuals who have died and have donated their organs.  You can help by donating time or money to the Kidney Foundation, registering as an organ donor at BC Transplant Society, asking politicians to help raise awareness of organ donation, and/or considering to donate a kidney to someone you know with kidney failure.O2P Dragon Boat Cheering SquadRenal Program patients, family and staff are invited to cheer our team. O2P tee shirts are available for purchase.Focus on WellnessWith the goal of promoting physical health and emotional well being, a fund is being created to support our Dragon Boat team.It is hoped that this money can continue to promote wellness within the Renal Program patient population through supporting future Dragon Boat teams and other wellness activities patients may engage in.The Dragon Boat StoryThe Dragon-boat festival (Double Fifth Festival) is said to have originated in commemoration of the death of the great poet-statesman of China, Wat Yuen who lived in the 3rd century BC.Wat Yuen was an honest man and dearly loved by the people. The government of his area was however, a corrupt one. May of the courtiers were able to convince the Emperor that Wat Yuen was the corrupt influence and he was therefore banished from the kingdom.For many years after, Wat Yuen wandered the countryside composing poems about his love for the people. One day, perhaps unable to bear this sorrow any longer, or maybe as a final protest against the corrupt government, he threw himself into the river.Local fishermen who witnessed this desperate act dashed to their boats and attempted to rescue Wat Yuen. They were unsuccessful but in an attempt to prevent the hungry fish from eating the poet's body, they beat the water furiously with their paddles. As a sacrifice to his spirit, the fishermen then threw Zong (rice dumplings) into the river.

The Tragic death of Wat Yuen is commemorated each year on the fifth day of the fifth moon when the fishermen's frantic attempt to save the poet is re-enacted in the form of dragon boat races. Also in keeping with the legend, rice dumplings are made, but instead of being thrown into the water are enjoyed by everyone!