IT'S OK!The Prime Minister launched a new DonateLife campaign (on 22 May 2010) with three key messages:
- Organ and tissue donors can save lives.
- The people close to you need to know your decision.
- Consent will be sought from the people close to you - it's important they know your decision.
The tag line of the launch is to donate life, discuss it today, OK?
Gift of Life supports this campaign and a press release is available here.
The following information is also available:
- key messages
- an information sheet about discovering the facts about organ and tissue donation
- an information sheet about discussing organ donation
- a brochure on organ and tissue donation.
Have a look at the advertisement:
Further information is also available at the DonateLife website.
Register for Organ Donation
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Justice Terry Connolly died suddenly in the early morning of 25 September 2007 on Red Hill, having cycled to the top as part of his exercise routine. He was a Supreme Court Judge since 2003, and Master since 1996. Terry was the Member for Molonglo in 1990-1995 and served as the ACT Attorney-General and Minister in various portfolios, including Health. He and his family have lived in Canberra for many years and he was a popular Canberran.
More importantly, Terry was a husband, father, son and, following his death, a tissue donor.
Terry’s wife, Dr Helen Watchirs, says that she and Terry had discussed their wishes in relation to organ donation. This meant that at the dreadful time of death, she was clear on his wishes. Terry’s donation to the improvement of other lives has given Helen and his daughters a sense of contribution, and has helped make up for a life cut short.