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.

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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    

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.