Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, is encouraging residents in the electorate to register to be organ and tissue donors, and tell their family and friends during DonateLife Week 2019.
DonateLife Week, Australia’s national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation, will be held from Sunday 28 July to Sunday 4 August 2019. During DonateLife Week, all Australians are encouraged to register to be an organ and tissue donor at donatelife.gov.au to have the opportunity to one day change lives.
“An organ transplant doesn’t just save lives, it gives families back their mother, father, sibling, or child,” said Mr Porter.
“Registering to be a donor online at donatelife.gov.au is easy and takes less than a minute.”
Throughout DonateLife Week, community events and activities are held across the country to raise awareness.
“With 1,400 Australians currently wait listed for a transplant, and a further 11,000 on dialysis, we can do more,” said Mr Porter.
“Pearce residents get behind this campaign and share their registration with a plus one.
“If every registered donor reached out and encouraged another person to sign up we would double the rate of potential donors on the register.
“That means more potential for people living with terminal and chronic illness may one day have their lives changed.
“I encourage everyone to throw their support behind this campaign and talk to their friends, family, colleagues and sporting or community group about registering as an organ and tissue donor.”
Awareness for DonateLife Week can be spread through events, by sharing information about donation through social media and by using the campaign hashtags #DonateLife and #whoisyourplusone.