More than 4,000 participated in Walk


More than 4000 Canberrans attended Gift of Life’s annual DonateLife Walk this morning—the largest attendance in the event’s eight-year history.

Walkers from local schools, businesses and government departments, as well as Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher participated in today’s event.

This year’s message—have the chat that saves lives, ask and know your loved ones’ decision is vital to increasing organ and tissue donation rates.

Gift of Life President David O’Leary says he’s thrilled with the number of people that walked today.

“We had thousands of enthusiastic walkers ready to pound the pavement and we hope everyone will spread the message about organ and tissue donation, sign up to the Australian Organ Donor Register and, importantly, discuss their decision with their family and friends,” he says.

Organised by Gift of Life and support by the Australian Government through an Organ and Tissue Authority Community Awareness Grant, the Walk is Canberra's largest community event during national DonateLife Week, which runs until Sunday 2 March.

For more information, images or interviews please contact Bernadette Brennan at Morris Walker p: 6162 0021 m: 0423 500 563


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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.