PERSUASIVE SPEECH OUTLINE
Topic: Organ Donation
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to donate their organs and tissues when they die and to act upon their decision to donate. INTODUCTION
Attention: How do you feel when you have to wait for something you really, really want? What if it was something you couldn’t live without? Ladies and gentlemen I’m here today to share with you my views on organ donation, in the hope that you will take them on board and give someone the ultimate gift after you have left this earth- the gift of life. Ladies and gentlemen, at this moment in the US there are 79,000 U.S patients on the transplant waiting list. Three thousand a month are added to this total. Not a lot you may say when the population is close to three hundred million, but now add twenty to thirty family and friends to each patient, and the number increases vastly. One of the people on the waiting list for an organ transplant might someone you know. BODY
(NEED): People around the world but also right here in the US, either in Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, need organ transplants and they need our help. The problem is that there is a lack of organs and organ donors who make organ transplantation possible. b. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 16 minutes. That means that 3 people will be added to the list during the time we are in class today. c. You can choose to donate any needed organs or you can specify which organs or tissues you wish to donate. Organ donation is very important. a. The following poem by Robert Test entitled, "To Remember Me," shows the importance of organ donation. "Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman. Give my heart to a person whose heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain… Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child...
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