Hiking up the figures

Men can too. Become organ and tissue donors that is. That’s the message long-time friends Donovan Kirk-Burnnand, Hugh Murray and James Little took to the top of Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range this week. 

Donovan’s friend works for DonateLife, the State organ and tissue agency, and the idea for a promotion for the O&TD cause emerged while the three were planning their trip. 

“Through my friend, I heard that men trail women in WA in registering for organ and tissue donation in the event of their death. I thought we could try to spur blokes to catch up, by registering their wishes on the Australian Organ Donor Register. It takes about five minutes but so few do. 

“I understand about 1600 people nationally are waiting for organs and I reckon we should all try to help them. Let’s face it, we won’t know a thing about it but it would be nice to think our death could make a difference to someone who needs our help.” 

The three hikers took off last Thursday 21 April and made their way along the 38 kilometre circuit, beginning the ridge walk on Friday, arriving at Bluff Knoll on Saturday at 2.30pm, when they posed in DonateLife pink. The intrepid travellers made it to their final goal on Monday - the Anzac Day Commemorative Dawn Service in Albany.  

The photo of the three (AODR-registered) men shows their commitment to the cause.

To register for organ and tissue donation go to DonateLife.gov.au/Decide and follow the links to the registration form. 

Or call 1800 777 203 to register on the phone or ask for a registration form to be posted out.
 

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