WA Service of Remembrance 2015
The swan and ducks like a good ceremony, particularly with a beautiful sunset and the city behind.
The sausage sizzle provided by Big Belly Bus was well received by families, staff and volunteers.
Michael’s coffee van was particularly welcome, too.
Sound check with the Silver Rose ensemble: Bonnie de la Hunty (violinist and vocalist), Ashleigh Civiello, and Madeleine Di Francesco.
Making new friends.
The stage manager put on a glorious sunset for us.
Some of our wonderful volunteers from Transplant Australia.
DonateLife staff, waiting for the proceedings to begin. This ceremony means a lot to them, too.
We projected photos of donors from before 2014 prior to the ceremony, which was why we began the ceremony after dusk.
The ceremony is about to begin.
Our MC was Graham Mabury OAM 2014 ‐ 2015 Western Australia's Senior Australian of the Year.
State Medical Director, Dr Bruce Powell welcomes guests.
Professor Teik Oh, the Donor Coordinators and Clinical Nurse Consultants are introduced. For many families it was the first opportunity to put a face to the voice on the phone who guided them through the donation process.
Dr Bruce Powell thanks donors and families.
Extraordinary donor family Openshaw: Anthea, Emma, Henry and Katie. Charlotte Openshaw wrote a beautiful account of her father’s donation, for Emma to read. Here Graham Mabury asks about husband and father, Dr Neill Openshaw, who donated to four people.
Emma reads her sister Charlotte’s story about her dad and the donor process. Their story was very emotional for many.
Clinical Professor Gerry MacQuillan speaks about his work as a hepatologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Miracle heart transplant survivor Bryan Williams spoke on behalf of recipients – in between swims to Rottest!
It rains in Perth about three times a year. It picked this night to rain twice!
The names and photographs of the donors from 2014 are screened, to the accompaniment of the Silver Rose Ensemble.
The Silver Rose Ensemble plays during the roll call of donors which included names from as far back as 1968.
Donor families at the Honour Board. Organ and tissue donors numbered 125 in 2014.