The greatest gift of all

The sound of Griffith student Wayne Kennedy playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes will be one of the highlights at the fourth annual Griffith University Thanksgiving service in recognition of body donors this Thursday.

Wayne says the occasion is not lost on him. “It is a fantastic privilege to be able to play the pipes at such an important occasion,” he said.

Book of remembrance

The Book of Remembrance contains the names of 109 people who have bequeathed their bodies to Griffith for anatomy teaching and research since the first in 2006.

These people and other unnamed donors will be remembered at a memorial service at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, starting at 6pm on Thursday (Oct 25).

Griffith students have already reaped vital education benefits from the body donation program.

Masters candidate from the School of Nursing and Midwifery Amy Lewis has the honour of carrying the Book of Remembrance at Thursday’s ceremony.

“The  importance of this program for teaching and learning cannot be underestimated. I have been teaching anatomyto Griffithstudents for some time and it’s really amazing how

much they benefit from seeing the real bodyparts and how they work in relation to each other.

Better than a textbook

We can learn the names and locations of different body parts from textbooks, but knowing how these parts differ from person to person is something that cannot be learned from a textbook.

“It’s hard to know from a textbook how thick skin is or how deep a layer of tissue is but having this kind of hands-on experience is so important.

“This Thanksgiving, to me, is a real acknowledgement of the selflessness of these amazing people who have provided the greatest gift to teaching.”

The service will start with a procession of students, academics and invited guests, led by Amy carrying the Book of Remembrance. As part of the service, a minute’s silence will follow the
reading of the donors’ names. Head of the School of Anatomy, Professor Mark Forwood said the program supports the education of health students in disciplines such as medicine, medical science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, exercise science, dentistry and oral health.

Importance of donations
“Body donations from the local community are vitally important so our health students can receive practical training in human anatomy,” he said. “The generosity of body donors, our state-of the-art anatomy facilities, and committed teachers ensure ourstudents receive the very best preparation for their chosen careers.”

Over 1400 Griffith University first year students use the facility every year.

“We are very appreciative of the decisions made by these donors and the support shown by their families. This Thanksgiving Service is a public demonstration of that appreciation,” Professor Forwood said.
For more information about Griffith’s Body Bequest program 07 5552 7700 or email [email protected]

WHEN: Thursday, October 25, from 6pm. WHERE: Paradise Show Room, Gold Coast Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.