Donate Life Thank You Day 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

Gift of Life is pleased to support DonateLife in acknowledging the important role played by organ and tissue donors and their families. A national day of recognition is being held on Sunday 19 November 2017.

Each year the lives of hundreds of Australians are saved and transformed through the generosity of living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families that have agreed to donation.

Australians of all ages, faith and cultural backgrounds could one day be in need of an organ transplant.  DonateLife Thank you Day is an opportunity for the Australian community collectively to say “thank you” to the individuals and families whose stories inspire us all to register on the Australian Organ Donor Register after discussing that decision with family and friends.

You can demonstrate your support by sending a social media “thank you message” following the advice provided on the DonateLife website or by signing onto the Australian Organ Donor Register and sharing that decision with your family and friends.

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.