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

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.