Donate Life Week 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

DonateLife Week is being held around Australia this year from Sunday 30 July – Sunday 6 August next to promote organ and tissue donation and to encourage Australians to sign on straight away to the Australian Organ Donor Register.

All around the country Australians are being encouraged to make the time to "Make your decision count.  Register today to save lives at DonateLife."

During DonateLife Week Australians are encouraged to discover the facts, decide and register their donation decision and discuss and know the donation decisions of their family.

If you feel you would ever want 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.

Many more Australian lives can be saved if more people decide to become organ and tissue donors.  You can help end the wait for the 1,400 Australians and their families waiting for a life-saving transplant.  Make your decision count during DonateLife Week and register to save lives at  Organ and tissue donation is the ultimate gift.  You can save and improve the lives of 10 or more people as an organ and tissue donor.  During DonateLife Week, join the Australian Organ Donor Register online, and discuss your donation decision with your family and friends.  Visit to find out.

In the Canberra region, during DonateLife Week the ABC radio 666 “Mornings” program presented by Genevieve Jacobs from 9am-11am will be interviewing various people affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation Listen in to the broadcasts and learn more from those directly affected.

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.