Department of Human Services staff members were up early on Wednesday 1 March, raising awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation for the Gift of Life DonateLife Walk 2017.
It’s the tenth year the department has taken part in the annual event organised by Gift of Life to raise awareness about registering as an organ and tissue donor, and the importance of discussing this decision with family and friends.
Nine staff volunteered to help people to sign up to the Australian Organ Donor Register. They also handed out information flyers and promotional items to walk participants.
Madeline Dineen, a graduate from the department, helped out at the walk for the first time.
“It was good to help out. You can definitely see our attendance makes a difference. We helped 20 people to sign up,” said Madeline.
Farah Alam, a Project Officer for the department, also volunteered.
“I’m registered as an organ donor myself, so when the opportunity came up I jumped on it because it’s such a great cause,” said Farah.
“I think it’s really important to register as a donor, especially if you would say yes to an organ donation yourself.”
“A lot of people didn’t know that their family members have final say over their donation, so it really highlighted how important it is to discuss your decision with loved ones.”
The Department of Human Services administers the Australian Organ Donor Register, where people can register their decision to become a donor.