Advice about organ and tissue donation
DonateLife staff are available to offer advice and answer questions you may have about organ and tissue donation.
Support for organ and tissue donor families
Donor family support is offered to organ and tissue donor families at the time of donation. It is a free service offered by a qualified social worker with a background in organ and tissue donation. Counseling is also offered over the phone for rural, remote and interstate families. Additional interstate services can be arranged by our interstate counterparts. Donatelife in SA also conducts bereavement workshops providing assistance and support for families through the bereavement process.
Information for school and university students
Every year those who’ve generously given the gift of life to others by donating in the past 12 months are remembered at the DonateLife Thanksgiving Service. Further details will be provided on this website as the service approaches.
The Gift of Life Garden
The Gift of Life Garden was officially dedicated by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Sir Eric Neal and launched by the Hon Dean Brown MP, Minister for Human Services, on 25 February 2000. The Gift of Life Garden was established as an expression of gratitude and to pay tribute to the many people who donated their organs and tissues, honoring their commitment to helping others in our community. The ceremony is well attended by both donor families and transplant recipients.
The year 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of the annual rose planting ceremony in the Gift of Life Garden. At the rose planting a donor family representative speaks and plants a rose on behalf of all donors and their families. The ceremony signifies remembrance, reflection and acknowledgement and is proudly supported by the Adelaide City Council, Transplant Australia and DonateLife SA.
The Gift of Life Garden provides donor families and transplant recipients with a place to visit and to reflect on their lives and memories all year round. Roses planted to date comprise:
Reflection Rose 2000: Planted by His Excellency, Sir Eric Neal to represent all donors between 1964 -1999.
Joy of Health Rose 2001: Planted by The Hon Dean Brown MP, Minister for Human Services to represent donors in the year 2000. Joy of Health is the name of a rose released in Australia for the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund. Bred by Harkness in England in 1996, the rose is a Florabunda with 27 petals and dark, matte green foliage. It is salmon pink with peach tones.
Joy of Life Rose 2002: Planted by City of Charles Sturt Mayor Harold Anderson OAM to represent donors in the year 2001. The Joy of Life rose is a large flower, Hybrid Tea rose. It has an unusual colour combination of white petals with a red edge. It is a good repeat flower. Its parentage is unknown.
Remember Me Rose 2003: Planted by The Hon Lea Stevens MP, Minister for Human Services. The Remember Me rose is a unique Hybrid Tea rose bred by Cocker in Scotland in 1984. It has extremely strong healthy dense foliage of medium tall habit and the blooms are of a completely new colour break – blends of fawn, cream, yellow and salmon rose..
Peace Rose 2004: Planted by The Hon Lea Stevens MP, Minister for Human Services, assisted by Lola Wren representing donors in the year 2003. The Peace rose grows vigorously. It is a Hybrid Tea and Florabunda with profuse large, high centred, golden yellow-edged rose pink blooms.
Sacred Heart Rose 2005: Planted by The Hon Lea Stevens MP, Minister for Human Services assisted by Jean Steel, from a Tissue Donor Family representing tissue and organ donors in the year 2004. The Sacred Heart rose is a Hybrid Tea with classic blooms of exquisite shades of soft white, lemon blossom and palest gold. It is an excellent hybrid for garden show or cutting. It is a robust performer with a fragrance of sweet and spicy citrus.
In Appreciation Rose 2006: Planted by the Hon. John Hill MP, Minister for Health, assisted by Mr. Brendon Jones.
Children’s Rose 2007: Planted by the Hon John Hill MP, Minister for Health assisted by Sharon Dennis
Remember Me Rose 2008: Planted by the Hon. Gail Gago MP, on behalf of the Minister for Health.
Close to You Rose 2009: Planted by the Hon. John Hill MP, Minister for Health assisted by Amanda Adams.
Gift of Grace Rose 2010: Planted by the Hon. Steph Key MP, representing the Minister for Health assisted by Peter Hague.
Memory Rose 2011: Planted by The Hon. Leesa Vlahos MP representing the Minister for Health assisted by Dr George Stolze.
The Gift of Life Garden can be found at: