David Hookes cricket match celebrates donors giving others a life-saving second innings

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP

Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Hasluck

David Hookes cricket match celebrates donors giving others a life-saving second innings

19 February 2017

The Federal Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, will today join cricketers in Bendigo, Victoria, to celebrate the second innings of life made possible through organ and tissue donation.

The Lucky Stars Transplant Cricket Australia team, consisting of organ and tissue recipients, will compete against the DonateLife Everyday Heroes for the fifth annual Robyn Hookes Shield.

“Today is about bringing together the community to share a love of cricket and to honour the lives transformed through organ and tissue donation,” Mr Wyatt said.

The Robyn Hookes Shield honours the legacy of the late Australian cricketer David Hookes, whose tragic death resulted in other lives being saved because of David’s decision and that of his family, to be become an organ and tissue donor.

Mr Wyatt said: “The decision to become a donor is one of the most selfless acts we can make and benefits the recipient and their family, as well as the broader community.

“I especially encourage all Australians to think about eye and tissue donation when deciding about becoming an organ donor.

“More than 9,000 Australians benefited from tissue and eye donations in 2016.

“This is a 17 percent increase on tissue outcomes in 2015 and follows my announcement last month that a record 1713 lives had been transformed through organ donation in 2016.”

In releasing the 2016 Australian Donation and Transplantation Activity Report, Mr Wyatt paid tribute to more than 4000 living and deceased tissue donors and 1200 deceased eye donors.

“One eye and tissue donor can benefit up to 30 people and can make the difference between seeing or being blind, being mobile or never walking again, or aiding recovery from cancer, trauma or disease,” he said.

Mr Wyatt encouraged all Australians to join the Register online today to save lives at www.donatelife.gov.au.

“We know that when people have registered their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register, nine out of 10 families will agree to the donation.”

The Australian Donation and Transplantation Activity Report 2016 is available at www.donatelife.gov.au

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