Come listen to life giving stories of Deeyan Udani and others on August 28 at Riverside at 2pm


Five storytellers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will share their journey on the ultimate gift of life as part of this year’s Life Giving Stories, a free live storytelling event showcasing the stories of organ and tissue recipients to increase awareness and highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation amongst culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Life Giving Stories 2016 is being produced by the NSW Multicultural Communication Service in partnership with the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service (OTDS) and Performance 4A on Sunday, 28 August 2016 from 2.00 – 4.00pm at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, NSW.

Directed by master storyteller and photographer William Yang and writer and producer Annette Shun Wah, Life Giving Stories is an inspiring storytelling work bringing together five individuals from diverse backgrounds to tell personal stories about their lives. Following on from the highly successful Life Giving Stories event in 2015, they will mentor and curate the event for the stories to be told engagingly.

Hear the deeply moving stories of grieving parents who donated the organs of their sons, a mother’s unconditional love that drove her decision to save her child, and the experiences of families from multicultural backgrounds who have been profoundly touched by organ and tissue donation. Accompanied by photographs from private collections, these stories reveal engaging and inspiring insights into family, determination and extraordinary generosity.

Rupesh Udani is originally from India, Rosemarie and Oliver Zammit are Australian-Maltese, Rita and George Germanos are from Lebanese background, Maria Capili was born in the Philippines and Andrew Vien’s parents are from Vietnam. These storytellers are hoping that by sharing their journey with organ and tissue donation, their stories will hopefully encourage people from all communities to have a conversation with their families and loved ones about this important issue.


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