Parliamentarians were out in numbers as the Federal Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, Mark Coulton, launched the 15th annual Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk, a community activity to promote organ and tissue donation and registration.
Traditionally held in Canberra, the event will take a different flavour for 2021, with this year’s event to be held virtually to ensure COVID-safety and nation-wide participation.
The coronavirus pandemic had a serious impact on Australia’s national program to increase organ donation, including the cancellation of many community events throughout the year, and events like Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk offer unique opportunities for Australians to talk about the benefits of organ and tissue donation.
All Australians are encouraged to sign up for Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk and walk five kilometres in teams, small groups, or as individuals at their favourite walking circuit anywhere across the country, any time between 22 and 28 February 2021.
While walking, participants are urged to share pictures of their walk online, and registering to become a donor at donatelife.gov.au, doing their bit to help ensure more Australians can receive a life-changing organ or tissue transplant.
For more information and to sign up for 2021 Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk visit the Gift of Life website.
Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is supported through a Community Awareness Grant from the Organ and Tissue Authority.
Applications for the next round of grants close at 5:00pm AEDT on Sunday, 7 March 2021.