Join us on DonateLife Thank You Day to honour donors and their families

DonateLife Thank You Day (Sunday 20 November 2016) is Australia’s national day to acknowledge living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families.

Every year, hundreds of Australians save and transform lives through the ultimate gift of organ and tissue donation.  

In the first 8 months of 2016, a record 958 Australians received an organ transplant through the generosity of 329 deceased organ donors and their families.

At the same time, around 1,400 Australians and their families are waiting for a transplant with a further 12,000 people on dialysis.

The aim of DonateLife Thank You Day is to help normalise the subject of organ and tissue donation by encouraging all Australians to say ‘thanks’ to those who save and improve lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation.

Australians will be encouraged to show their thanks for all donors and their families by:

  • posting a message of thanks on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to all donors and their families using the hashtags #ThankYouDay #DonateLife
  • showing their support by joining the Australian Organ Donor Register online and sharing their decision with family and loved ones.

Story opportunities: The following are available on request for interviews relating to DonateLife Thank You Day:

  • Transplant recipients
  • Living donors
  • Donor family members
  • People on waiting lists
  • Donation and transplantation specialists.

For more information about DonateLife Thank You Day visit


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the facts about organ and
tissue donation

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Understanding donation


and register on the Australian
Organ Donor Register

  • Register your decision


your donation decision with family and friends

  • Who needs to know?
  • How to start the discussion