Organ and Tissue Authority

National Service of Remembrance

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

This year marks the second National Service of Remembrance held online. A time to come together as a nation and honour our organ and tissue donors from every state and territory. 

During the service there will be speakers from each state and territory, and we will share stories from donor families and transplant recipients to commemorate the generosity of donors and their families.

We welcome you to join us in this service by watching the video below or heading to our Facebook page where you can leave a comment and a photo of your loved one. 

We also encourage you to light a candle with us in reflection. You can do this with your own candle at home, or by lighting a virtual candle. If you light a virtual candle please post your name as DonateLife2021 so we can track how many candles we light together.

As you watch this service, we hope you feel love and warmth from all of us in the organ and tissue donation community.

State service of remembrance ceremonies

The current pandemic continues to provide challenges throughout Australia, especially for our usual large-scale events. This year our state and territory DonateLife agencies have each been asked to make their own decision about their services considering social distancing requirements, usual numbers of attendees and community safety.

This year Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland will not be holding their annual Service of Remembrance.

The ACT held its service earlier this year.

The Northern Territory will hold a service in Alice Springs on Sunday, 23 May and in Darwin on Sunday, 6 June.

Western Australia will hold its services on Sunday, 21 November.