Canberrans who have gone over and above to promote organ and tissue donation have been recognised today by the Chief Minister Katy Gallagher at the Legislative Assembly by receiving one of six annual Gift of Life awards.
Gift of Life Incorporated (GoLI) awards recognise the effort and dedication shown by local individuals and community groups that promote organ and tissue donation.
"It is always exciting to hear the stories about how local individuals and community groups have come up with new and creative ways to promote the very important message about organ and tissue donation," the Chief Minister said.
"The annual Gift of Life awards are a great way to recognise the hard work of Canberrans in a tangible way, especially when they do not do this work for personal thanks or recognition. It is important, however, that we as a community publicly recognise this tireless work."
The winners of the 2014 Chief Minister's Awards for Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness were:
Special Award for National Leadership –Professor John Horvath AO;
Terry Connolly Award for Healthcare Leadership –Professor Imogen Mitchell;
Ben Wiseman Award for ACT Government Support– Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker;
Annette Taylor Award for Community Service– Mr David Parker;
Angus Fairbairn-Cody Award for Support from the Public Service- Comcare; and
Jenny Deck Award for Support from Schools- Merici College.
In the first nine months of 2014, 290 Australian organ donors transformed the lives of 851 transplant recipients. At a local level, 7 organ donors gave 24 organs, which saved the lives of 19 people. There were also 29 eye tissue donors, which saved the sight of 44 people.
"The gift of life through organ and tissue donation is something that can personally change someone's life. I personally know someone who has had their entire life transformed by the special gift of an organ donation and I would strongly encourage everyone in Canberra to consider donating their organs so that we can save as many more lives as possible."
"For Australia to maximise donation rates and help those on the transplant waiting list, we must continue to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation. Discussing your donation wishes with your friends and family is also vital. When your family know your wishes they are much more likely to say yes to donation," the Chief Minister concluded.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation phone: DonateLife ACT 6174 5625 or visit: www.donatelife.gov.au.
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