The title says it all….we made it to 5,000 ducks on the map this week!
Even more excitingly, this means that there are likely to be around 25,000 of these life-saving little fellas around the globe (since we estimate that only 20% are logged on the website)!
Talking of around the globe…the ducks have been reported from an incredible 78 countries worldwide so far.
Want to see what that looks like? Check out this photo:
Well that’s lovely, but why does all this matter so much?
Time for some more sobering statistics….
Because this number of adults and children are waiting and hoping for a bone marrow transplant to save their lives:
And well over this number of adults and children are waiting and hoping for an organ transplant to save their lives:
And let’s not forget that this number of blood donations that are needed every year just to keep up with current supply:
Makes you think doesn’t it?
5,000 ducks on a map may seem like a drop in the ocean compared to this massive level of need. But every drop makes a difference. And these ducks are too.
Here are a few of the messages that have been received in recent weeks from those who have found ducks:
“We’re already listed as organ donors, however Quackers has prompted us to also get catagorised and listed for stem cell donation.”
“The Brazilians are knowing to be a very good helpers and I will start this project in my country which has more than 200 million of people. I will donate blood as soon as I can and organs”
“Since looking at the website me and my partner have both decided to start donating blood (already signed up for organ donation) so wanted to let you know the project works. ”
So a huge ‘thank you’ to every single person who has made a duck in the last 18 months and here’s to the next 5,000 on the map. Please keep going, keep talking about this issue with your friends and please keep registering to donate.
Together, we are making a difference.