Register for organ donation and save lives

2/08/2018
 

Led by the Organ and Tissue Authority, DonateLife Week aims to increase organ and tissue donation.

 

Held from 29 July to 5 August, the event encourages all Australians to register their donation decision and discuss the issue with their loved ones.

 

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba knows how vital it is to register for organ donation.

 

Her friend, Warilla resident Bob McBlain, had a heart transplant 23 years ago. Thanks to the generosity of a donor and their family, the 80 year old is living a full life and still playing bowls.

 

“Bob wouldn’t be here today without the transplant he had all those years ago. Because of the donor’s gift of a heart, Bob and his wife Rita have been able to enjoy so many wonderful years together that they would otherwise not have had,” Cr Saliba said.

 

“I urge everyone to consider registering as an organ and tissue donor. You can do this by visiting https://donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today.”

 

According to the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA), more than 1400 Australians are today on wait lists for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant.

 

The OTA says nine in 10 families agree to donation proceeding when the deceased is a registered organ donor but this drops to just 52% where the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge.

 

For more information email enquiries@donatelife.gov.au or call 1800 777 203.

 

Media enquiries: Contact Kelli Wells 0448 361 008 to organise interviews/photos of Marianne Saliba and Bob and his wife Rita.