Registrations are now open for the Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2018.
Now in its 12th year, the DonateLife Walk aims to join Canberrans together to raise awareness of the significance of organ donation and registration.
Thousands of people are expected to descend upon Regatta Point, Lake Burley Griffin for the commencement of the event.
David O’Leary, who is the president of Gift of Life and the recipient of a donated liver, is excited to be involved in this year’s event.
“We’re expecting thousands of participants again this year”, says David. “Increasing awareness about organ donation and increasing registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register are our greatest priorities. Last year we received many new registrations on the Organ Donor Register as a result of the Walk, which was an important achievement.”
The DonateLife Walk regularly sees prominent local and national political leaders turn out to support the cause. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says the walk exposes Canberrans to the importance of organ and tissue donation.
“Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk brings much-needed awareness to organ and tissue donation and the decision to become a donor”, says Chief Minister Barr.
This event is the largest community activity in support of organ and tissue donation in Canberra. It is sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Authority, with support from the ACT Government.
“While the ACT is one of the national leaders in organ and tissue donation, there is still much more we can do to increase awareness,” says David O’Leary. “We hope that the Gift of Life DonateLife Walk highlights ways that people can help.”
The DonateLife Walk 2018 will be held on Wednesday 28th February. Participants should arrive at Regatta Point at 6:45am for a 7am start. To register for the event, visit www.giftoflife.asn.au.