To mark DonateLife Week, the Rotary Club of Margaret River is urging members of the community to find a 'plus one' to register as an organ and tissue donor.
Held every year, DonateLife Week is a key event that highlights the benefits that organ and tissue donation has for transplant recipients and their families in Australia. Rotary Clubs across Australia are supporting the DonateLife Week campaign by encouraging families to register and discuss their organ and tissue donation decisions to help save more lives.
"Organ and tissue donation is the ultimate gift. You can save and improve the lives of many people as an organ and tissue donor," said Brian Middleton, president of Margaret River Rotary Club.
Organ and tissue donation is the ultimate gift.- Brian Middleton, President Margaret River Rotary Club
"While many Australians agree with donation, only one in three has registered on the Australian Organ Donor Register. Registration is so important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to save lives.
"We want everyone to talk about organ and tissue donation. Your family needs to know your wishes to be a donor and we also encourage you to chat to 'a plus one' - a colleague, neighbour, teammate or others and encourage them to register too.
"With 1,400 Australians currently on a waiting list for a life-saving transplant and a further 11,000 on dialysis, we're asking people in our community to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. It's so quick and easy to register online and it's a decision that can save lives."
Organ and Tissue Authority CEO Lucinda Barry said registration took less than a minute. "Registering to be a donor is important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to be an organ and tissue donor."
"If every donor found one person who wasn't and encouraged them to register, we could double the number of potential donors. Grab your "plus one" and register today," said Ms Barry.
DonateLife Week is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority.
To register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register, visit www.donatelife.gov.au
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