ANU Medical School students participated in the 10th anniversary of Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk on Wednesday 24 February which highlights the life-changing importance of organ and tissue donation.
The walk was around Lake Burley Griffin and attracts thousands of Canberrans each year who put on their walking gear to demonstrate their support for organ and tissue donation.
Among the thousands are local and national political leaders who continue to support the walk.
“The ACT is leading the charge with raising awareness for organ and tissue donation. Talking about organ and tissue donation with family and friends and registering your decision can save lives. Through it’s awareness raising, the Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is helping to improve and enhance the lives of many,” said ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
President of Gift of Life David O’Leary says the public response to the walk each year has been outstanding and continues to grow.
“Each year we see a huge turnout of Canberran’s and in this, our 10th anniversary year, we’re expecting our numbers to increase even further,” he says. “We want to shine a light on the importance of this initiative and we want everyone to talk to their family and friends about their donation decision.
“Canberra almost achieved a 100 per cent success rate in organ and tissue donation in 2015 which is a testament to our strong community support, however more lives can be saved.
“We are encouraging every family to ‘have the chat’ that saves lives and to ask and know their loved one’s donation decision,” he said.
Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is Canberra’s largest community activity in support of organ and tissue donation. The walk is sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Authority, which leads the Australian Government’s national reform program to implement a world best practice approach to organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
“It’s important to register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register administered by the Department of Human Services and Medicare, and to encourage your loved ones to register their donation decision,” said Mr O’Leary.
For more background on organ and tissue donation in Australia and on how to register as a donor visit donatelife.gov.au