Australians encouraged to make it count to save lives on Jersey Day
On Friday 1 September, Australians are encouraged to make their decision count by wearing their favourite sporting club’s jersey in support of Jersey Day 2017.
A passionate NRL supporter, Nathan died tragically in 2015 and at the age of just 13 saved the lives of six people, including an infant, when he became an organ donor. Nathan’s family established Jersey Day through the Nathan Gremmo Community Fund to honour their son’s legacy and to inspire Australians to discover, decide about and discuss the gift of organ and tissue donation.
This year Jersey Day is supporting the Australian Government’s national ‘Make your decision count’ donor registration campaign to encourage more Australians to register their donation decision at donatelife.gov.au.
Australians can support Jersey Day this Friday 1 September:
- Join the Australian Organ Donor Register in under a minute at donatelife.gov.au
- Wear your favourite sporting jersey to work or school and start a conversation
- Upload a picture wearing your jersey using the hashtags #donatelife #jerseyday #makeitcount
Registration counts. Nine in ten families agree to organ donation proceeding when their loved one is a registered donor.
Last year, a record 1,713 Australians received transplants, thanks to the generosity of 503 deceased and 267 living organ donors and their families.