South Africa First to Launch Stamps for Transplant Games

\"transplantThe 13th World Transplant Games was due to kick off in Durban with more than 1,800 athletes from 50 countries set to compete in the largest sporting event for recipients of donor organs.To mark the occasion the South African Post Office launched a series of stamps on Sunday night to commemorate the staging of the games and to raise awareness over the need for more people in the country to become organ donors.The series of 10 stamps featuring the work of artist Peter Sibanda were unveiled at a cocktail party attended by the athletes.It is the first time a country\’s postal system has had stamps designed and unveiled for the World Transplant Games.Johan van Wyk, the Post Office\’s Senior Manager of Philatelic Services said the Post Office had printed 30,000 sheets of the stamps.

The largest contingent of athletes will come from Great Britain and Northern Ireland with 298 athletes, followed by 142 from the United States, 136 athletes from South Africa and 110 from the Netherlands.

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