DonateLife Thank You Day 2020

Monday, November 09, 2020

Gift of Life is pleased to join with DonateLife to acknowledge organ and tissue donors and their families. 

DonateLife Thank You Day is a national day to recognise all Australians who make organ and tissue donation possible.

DonateLife Thank You Day 2020 will be held on 22 November 2020.

DonateLife Thank You Day is an important opportunity for the Australian community to collectively say Thank You to all the individuals and their families who make donation possible. Their stories inspire other Australians to register as organ and tissue donors and discuss with family and friends.

Each year thousands of Australian lives are saved and transformed through the generosity of deceased and living organ and tissue donors and their families. Families play a crucial role in the donation process because they are asked to confirm their loved one wanted to be a donor, and provide vital health information before donation proceeds. Families also help the broader community understand donation by generously sharing their stories with the public. In doing so, these families help to educate Australians about donation and the comfort that it can bring families.

More details are on the DonateLife website

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.