Australians invited to honour all living and deceased donors and their families

Australians are being encouraged to take part in the national DonateLife Thank You Day to honour all living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families for their generosity which saves and transforms lives.

“Sunday 20 November, DonateLife Thank You Day, gives us all the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those who give others a second chance at life,” said the Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP.

“Organ and tissue donation connects us all. We all have the potential to save lives as a donor or may one day need a transplant to save our life or that of someone we love,” said Minister Wyatt. “It’s important we recognise those who are willing to give the ultimate gift of donation.”

“At the end of October, a record 1,161 Australians and their families benefited from a life-saving transplant through the generosity of 409 deceased organ donors and their families. A further 203 living donors have saved lives through live kidney or partial liver donation, with thousands more becoming tissue donors,” said Minister Wyatt.

In the lead up to this Sunday’s DonateLife Thank You Day, Minister Wyatt today launched a video featuring Australians of all ages sharing their message of thanks, joined by living donors and family members of deceased donors.

With around 1,400 Australians waiting for a life-saving transplant, and a further 12,000 people on dialysis, DonateLife Thank You Day highlights how organ and tissue donation has a far reaching effect, changing the lives of both transplant recipients, their families and the community.

“I encourage every Australian to take part in DonateLife Thank You Day. You can show your thanks simply by posting a #ThankYouDay message on social media to all living and deceased donors and their families, and consider joining the Australian Organ Donor Register to one day save lives,” said Minister Wyatt.

“For those that have received a transplant, DonateLife Thank You Day provides an opportunity to write to your donor family through the formal channels available. We know that receiving letters from those whose lives were saved or improved brings great comfort to donor families.”

For more information about how to get involved in DonateLife Thank You Day visit donatelife.gov.au

To access the DonateLife #Thank You Day videos, visit our videos page.

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