Register for Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2016

Monday, January 04, 2016

We’re turning 10!

2016 is the 10th anniversary of Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk – Canberra’s largest community event in support of the national DonateLife campaign. The walk is taking place on Wednesday 24 February and registrations are now open!

Organised by Gift of Life and sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Authority, this important event helps raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and involves thousands of Canberrans every year.

So please join us and show your support for organ and tissue donation by taking part in Gift of Life’s 10th anniversary DonateLife Walk 2016. By participating, you help spread the word about becoming an organ and tissue donor and encourage others to discuss and register their donation decisions.

Two simultaneous walks will be held, the standard bridge-to-bridge walk as well as a shorter option around Commonwealth Park. Participants should gather at Regatta Point at 6.45am with both walks kicking off at 7am sharp from the same start point. Click here to download a map of the walks (PDF).

The bridge-to-bridge circuit of Lake Burley Griffin takes about 45 minutes to an hour and the shorter walk takes about 15–20 minutes.

You can walk or jog at your own pace, and pets, children and friends are very welcome. There’s even a free barbecue breakfast on the grass at Regatta Point afterwards! Free t-shirts, hats and show bags will be available for participants.*

Everyone from politicians, sporting and other personalities, business leaders, Australian Defence Force personnel and Government staff are supporting the walk, as well as local school and university students and community groups.

Participating in Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2016 is a great way to show your support for organ and tissue donation. Register now for the Walk using the form below – it’s free!

*Quantities are limited, first in best dressed.

Australian Government Organ and Tissue Authority, Donate Life

Register for Gift of Life's DonateLife Walk 2016

DonateLife Week 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015


This is a reminder that national DonateLife Week is being held this year from Sunday 2 August – Sunday 9 August next to promote organ and tissue.

All around the country Australians are being encouraged to make the time to “have the chat that saves lives”.   In this regard, families play a crucial role in the donation process because they are asked to support the donation decision of their loved one.

Therefore it’s important to know what they want.  During DonateLife Week all Australians are encouraged to discover the facts, decide and register your donation decision and discuss and know the donation decisions of your family.

If you feel you would ever be prepared to become a recipient should the need arise, be equally prepared to become a donor.Your generosity by becoming a donor can potentially save many Australian lives.

For further detail access www.donatelife.gov.au

In the Canberra region, the ABC radio 666 “Mornings” program presented by Genevieve Jacobs will be interviewing leading members of the kidney transplant team from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital around 9.45am on Monday 3 August and Wednesday 5 August during DonateLife Week.    Listen in to the broadcast and learn more from those directly engaged in kidney transplantation in one of the main Sydney hospitals servicing the needs of those in the Canberra and southern NSW region. Gift of Life has assisted with arranging the interviews and is a DonateLife partner    
   


2015 Gift of Life DonateLife Walk

Thursday, February 26, 2015

For the ninth year, Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk was held around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra on Wednesday 25 February, with a simultaneous short walk also held around Commonwealth Park.

The objective was to raise wider community understanding and awareness of the need for increased organ and tissue donation. It also sought to promote a discussion with family and close friends of each other’s organ donation decision and of the need to sign on to the Australian Organ Donor Register, thereby encouraging a significantly higher consent rate for donation and saving more Australian lives.  The theme this year was “Have the chat that saves lives - Ask and know your loved one’s donation decision.  Discover, Decide, Discuss organ and tissue donation”.

The event was sponsored by the Government’s Organ and Tissue Authority and supported the national campaign promoting organ and tissue donation.

Threatening weather held away and the walk was conducted in cloudy but cool conditions – and as usual it was a fun occasion with a great atmosphere with colourful balloons, bright T shirts, hats and caps which were provided free.  Life sized photo images of prominent hospital transplant staff and people involved in the transplant community were displayed to provide context.

The walk was launched this year by the Governor-General of Australia His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), Senator Fiona Nash, the Government’s Assistant Minister for Health responsible for organ and tissue donation and Mr Simon Corbell, ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Health.  Also attending the ceremony were Ms Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Health reflecting bipartisan support.  They were introduced by Gift of Life President, David O’Leary.

Others participating in the walk included Ms Gai Brodtmann, Member for Canberra, Ms Yael Cass, CEO of the Organ and Tissue Authority and a range of other MPs and ACT MLAs.  Members of the Brumbies rugby union and Capital Football teams also took part. Teams of public servants, business people, health staff, school college and university students, including a team of ANU medical students, and the general participated.

Human Services/ Medicare staff handed out showbags containing Australian organ donor registration forms.  Lions Club Belconnen served a free healthy BBQ breakfast to participants after the walk.

The overall number of partipants this year was around 5,000 with wide media coverage.  The figures in recent years have continued to grow from 1,800 in 2011, 2400 in 2012, 3,100 in 2013 and over 4,000 in 2014 demonstrating ever growing community understanding and support for organ and tissue donation. 

The walk is now a major community event in Canberra and amongst the largest in Australia supporting organ and tissue donation.  It is now a major event on the annual Canberra calendar.

Other photos of the walk are in the photo gallery.



Gift of Life DonateLife Walk 2015

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk will be held for the ninth year on Wednesday 25 February 2015, beginning at 7am sharp. 

Thousands of Canberrans are expected to take part to show their support for organ and tissue donation. The event is organised by Gift of Life and sponsored by the Australian Government’s Organ and Tissue Authority which promotes the national program in this sector.

In 2015 we’re asking every family to ‘have the chat’ with loved ones to make sure their donation decision is known. Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is a good reminder to register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and encourage your loved ones to register their decision. 

In Australia the family of every potential donor is always asked to support the donation wishes of their loved one before organ and/or tissue donation can proceed.

The key DonateLife messages are:

  • Discover the facts about organ and tissue donation
  • Decide and register your organ and tissue donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register
  • Discuss your donation decision with family and close friends
  • Visit donatelife.gov.au for more information

This is important because organ and tissue donation saves lives. One donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.

Read more about the importance of registering your decision here. 

Click here to register for Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2015 

Gift of Life Awards 2014 Presented by ACT Chief Minister

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will today recognise a special group of individuals for their outstanding contributions in raising organ and tissue donation awareness, in a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly in Canberra.

Organised by Gift of Life, a leading community association promoting organ donation awareness in the ACT region and nationally, the awards acknowledge the exceptional role played by people from the community, health and government sectors in promoting organ and tissue donation during the past year.




Gift of Life DonateLife Walk

Friday, February 28, 2014

For the eighth year, Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk was held around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra on Wednesday 26 February, with a simultaneous short walk also held around Commonwealth Park.  The objective was to raise wider community understanding and awareness of the need for increased organ and tissue donation and to promote family discussion of each other’s donation wishes thereby encouraging a higher consent rate to donation.  The theme this year was “Have the chat that saves lives. Discover, Decide, Discuss organ and tissue donation”.

Read more  . . .




More than 4000 attend 2014 walk

Thursday, February 27, 2014

More than 4000 Canberrans attended Gift of Life’s annual DonateLife Walk this morning—the largest attendance in the event’s eight-year history.


Walkers from local schools, businesses and government departments, as well as Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher participated in today’s event.


Read more here.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk will be held for the eighth year on Wednesday 26 February 2014, beginning at 7am sharp.

Thousands of Canberrans are expected to take part to show their support for organ and tissue donation. The event is organised by Gift of Life and sponsored by the Australian Government’s Organ and Tissue Authority which promotes the national reform program in this sector.

The walk is Canberra’s main community event during national DonateLife Week, which runs from Sunday 23 February to Sunday 2 March 2014.

During this week we’re asking every family to ‘have the chat’ with loved ones to make sure their donation decision is known. DonateLife Week is a good opportunity to register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and encourage your loved ones to register their decision.

This is important because organ and tissue donation saves lives. One donor can transform the lives of up to 10 people and significantly improve the lives of many more.

Click here to register for Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2014

Read more about the importance of registering your decision here

DonateLife ACT's Light for Life Ball

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Whip out your best outfit and those dancing shoes for DonateLife ACT's Light for Life Ball, to be held on Saturday 22 February at the National Arboretum, Canberra.

Tickets are $130 per person and includes a 3-course meal, a selection of beverages, and entertainment, all while overlooking one of the best views of Canberra.

Get in quickly to secure a ticket and help raise money to support organ and tissue donation in our local community.

Online tickets are available at: http://bit.ly/1jqXePr

For more info contact DonateLife ACT on 6174 5625 or email: organ.donation@act.gov.au

We hope to see you there!


DonateLife ACT's Light for Life Ball

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Whip out your best outfit and those dancing shoes for DonateLife ACT's Light for Life Ball, to be held on Saturday 22 February at the National Arboretum, Canberra.

Tickets are $130 per person and includes a 3-course meal, a selection of beverages, and entertainment, all while overlooking one of the best views of Canberra.

Get in quickly to secure a ticket and help raise money to support organ and tissue donation in our local community.

Online tickets are available at: http://bit.ly/1jqXePr
For more info contact DonateLife ACT on 6174 5625 or email: organ.donation@act.gov.au

We hope to see you there!






Register for Organ Donation

Are you registered on the Australian Organ Donor Register?  Unless you’ve got one of these blue cards, you’re not registered.  Click here to register on line or call 1800 777 203.

Tax Deductible Gifts

Gift of Life Incorporated – a not for profit non-governmental organisation – based in the ACT engages in a range of activities each year in support of organ and tissue donation.

Gift of Life enjoys tax deductible gift status with the Australian Taxation Office for contributions received in excess of $2.00.

Those in the community wishing to contribute funds to support Gift of Life’s activities may do so either by sending a cheque addressed to Gift of Life Incorporated, PO Box 9511, Deakin, ACT 2600 or by direct transfer to Gift of Life Incorporated’s bank account with the NAB BSB 082-980 Account Number 495688467.

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Terry Connolly

Justice Terry Connolly died suddenly in the early morning of 25 September 2007 on Red Hill, having cycled to the top as part of his exercise routine.  He was a Supreme Court Judge since 2003, and Master since 1996.  Terry was the Member for Molonglo in 1990-1995 and served as the ACT Attorney-General and Minister in various portfolios, including Health.  He and his family have lived in Canberra for many years and he was a popular Canberran.

More importantly, Terry was a husband, father, son and, following his death, a tissue donor.

Terry’s wife, Dr Helen Watchirs, says that she and Terry had discussed their wishes in relation to organ donation.  This meant that at the dreadful time of death, she was clear on his wishes.  Terry’s donation to the improvement of other lives has given Helen and his daughters a sense of contribution, and has helped make up for a life cut short.

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