With 1,400 Australians currently wait listed for a transplant, Gold Coasters are encouraged to register to be an organ and tissue donor and tell their family and friends, during DonateLife Week 2019.
DonateLife Week (Sunday 28 July to Sunday 4 August 2019) is Australia’s national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation.
During DonateLife Week, all Australians are encouraged to register to be an organ and tissue donor at donatelife.gov.au to have the opportunity to one day change lives.
“An organ transplant doesn’t just save lives, it gives families back their mother, father, sibling, or child,” Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews MP said.
“On top of the 1,400 Australians on the waiting list of a transplant, a further 11,000 are on dialysis. We can do more,” Minister Andrews said.
“If every registered donor reached out and encourage another person to sign up we would double the rate of potential donors on the register.
“That means more potential for people living with terminal and chronic illness may one day have their lives changed.
“I encourage everyone to throw their support behind this campaign and talk to your friends, family, colleagues and sporting or community group about registering as an organ and tissue donor”.
“You can register to be a donor online at donatelife.gov.au, it is easy and takes less than a minute.”
Throughout DonateLife Week community events and activities are held across the country to raise awareness.
You can share your awareness events and sow your support online by sharing information about donation through social media using the campaign hashtags #DonateLife and #whoisyourplusone.
Thank you to all donors and their families who have generously consented to organ or tissue donation.