I am a passionate advocate of organ and tissue donation and know the benefits of donation first hand.
I was working a couple of jobs and life was good. Then it came out of the blue. One day I was struck down by pancreatitis.
I was in Intensive Care for four days and in hospital for three months. I had to give up work.
I followed my doctor's advice and things settled for a while. Then I got worse and was told I needed a kidney transplant. I went on the transplant waiting list and on dialysis for three years.
Then one day I got the call - and someone's kind generosity changed my life. I received a new kidney.
I am no longer tied to a hospital or home for dialysis and I no longer feel so tired and sick - there were days when I just couldn't do anything.
I had my transplant at the St George hospital in Sydney.
I encourage all Australians to become organ and tissue donors as one day it could be someone in your family who needs a transplant.
I now speak to community groups through a foundation that I set up called the Gift of Life Foundation to further the cause of organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
I am involved in working with sporting clubs and I organise a celebrity golf day each year.