Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP is encouraging everyone in Bonner to register as an organ and tissue donor and encourage others to also sign up DonateLife Week 2020.
DonateLife Week is Australia’s national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation.
Held from July 26 to August 2, DonateLife Week encourages all Australians 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,” Mr Vasta said.
“Registering to be a donor online is easy and takes less than a minute.”
Traditionally, DonateLife Week is celebrated with community events across Australia, however with social distancing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an enhanced digital campaign will be run this year.
The campaign will feature the stories of donor families, recipients and others touched by organ and tissue donation to demonstrate the huge impact being a donor can have on fellow Australians.
“With 1700 Australians currently wait listed for a transplant, and a further 12,000 on dialysis, we can do more to save lives and make a difference,” Mr Vasta said.
“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 show your support online by sharing information about donation through social media using the campaign hashtag #DonateLifeWeek and following @DonateLife on Facebook and Instagram.
Thank you to all donors and their families who have generously consented to organ or tissue donation. Visit donatelife.gov.au for more information and to register as an organ donor.