Maddie and Sarah Collins with Novotel general manager Olivier Lacoua and his wife Samantha

Campaign support flourishing

by Ann van Engelen

Organ donor campaigner and kidney recipient 15-year-old Maddie Collins hosted an evening at the new Novotel Hotel at the Christchurch Airport to help bring awareness of the need for more organ donors in New Zealand.

“We had the most amazing night thanks to Novotel general manager Olivier Lacoua, his staff and everyone who joined us,” says Maddie’s mum Sarah.

“The money raised will help with Maddie’s wellbeing, support her campaign to raise organ donation awareness and the Christchurch Kidney Society. As a kidney recipient, Maddie’s vision is to see New Zealand become a top donor country. A deceased donor can give their heart, lungs, liver, kidney, a particular part of the eye, small bowel, pancreas, tissue, valves, bones, skin, veins and tendons. A live donor can donate a kidney or part of the liver — as it regenerates.

“Receiving is an amazing life-changing experience for the recipient and the family who look after them. Maddie has had it rough for 10 years with her transplants, but some people can go for 40 years with no issues. Even a few years without dialysis is better than a whole life with it. Live donors are well supported in hospital and by Work and Income while you are recovering.

“We are so grateful to the Novotel and Olivier supporting Maddie’s vision.

The Novotel is a stunning building, and if you live in Christchurch, we recommend staying for a night. Watching the planes is an incredible experience.

“Maddie has lived life to the full with her donor kidney. She would like to see other people have the opportunity to have their lives changed as well through donor donations.”