Terry Connolly ORGANised Walk

Thursday, March 04, 2010
The Terry Connolly ORGANised walk held on 24 February 2010 was a fabulous success with approximately 2,000 walkers participating on a glorious morning walk around the Lake.

The Connolly family was well represented with Dr Helen Watchirs (Terry's wife) and Lara and Maddy.  The federal political contingent was led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Parliamentary Secretary Mark Butler.  The ACT's deputy chief minister, Katy Gallagher, undertook the formal duties together with the Connolly family and some of the ACT Brumbies.

Greg Bayliss from ABC666 local radio was the compere for the event and interviewed captains from a number of the larger schools.

Senator Gary Humphries was the first person back to base possibly because he knew that the Lions Club had a magnificent breakfast on offer. 

Staff from Medicare were again on hand to issue showbags to all participants.

The big teams included:

  • St Clare's College
  • Melba/Copeland College
  • Marist College
  • Canberra Girl's Grammar
  • McKillop College
  • National Health & Medical Research Council
  • Australian Electoral Commission

Well done to Canberra and the region.  It was a wonderful way to demonstrate commitment to Discovering the facts about organ donation, Deciding what you want to do and Discussing it with your family.

>> Click here to see photos from the day.

Prime Minister Launches DonateLife Network

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, today launched the new DonateLife network.  This Network is a national network of agencies dedicated to improving organ and tissue donation and transplantation across Australia.

 At the same time, Mr Rudd encouraged Australians to become DonateLife families.  These are families that have:

  • Discovered the facts about organ and tissue donation.
  • Made an informed choice and decided to become a donor at the time of their death.
  • Discussed their wishes within their own family networks and with friends.

He urged all Australians to become DonateLife Families and to visit the DonateLife website at DonateLife .


DCD Guidelines

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The National Health & Medical Research Council is currently consulting on the new donation after cardiac death guidelines that have been developed by a group of experts.  If you are interested in commenting, click here.   Note that submissions close on 24 August 2009.

Australian Organ & Tissue Donation & Transplant Authority

Thursday, February 11, 2010
The new Authority is up and running.  Its offices are based in Canberra and more information about the work of the Authority can be found here .

Gift of Life on Facebook

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Gift of Life is now on Facebook.  Click here for updates.

Gift of Life Does City2Surf

Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Gift of Life congratulates Lyndell Kazar, Jill Slaven, Shaen Flakelar, Joanne Hailston, Danuta Fraser, Estelle O'Hagan, Michael Dunlea, Rebecca Bennetts and all the team for participating in the City2Surf run on 9 August 2009.  Well done team!


Gift of Life Does...

Monday, February 08, 2010

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We look forward to hearing from you, and especially hearing whether you have any ideas to take Gift of Life to that next level.

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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.


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.