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

Register for Organ Donation

Are you registered on the Australian Organ Donor Register?   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.


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.