2021 Gift of Life's DonateLife Walk-Virtual - Thank you !
Our Walk happened a little differently this time...
In 2021, our 15th Walk and unable to Walk in a large group due to COVID-19 went virtual, We encouraged everyone in the ACT region and across Australia to take the next step during the the week 22-28 February to organise their own walk up to 5 km anywhere, anytime as an individual, with family, friends or colleagues, Our branded merchandise was worn to great effect.
Our aim was to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation, to register on the national organ donor register and to have the conversation with your family. We know that letting your family know your wishes can make a massive difference at a very difficult time.
On behalf of the Gift of Life Inc. Board, I would like to thank over 3000 people from the ACT region, Australia and overseas who signed up. The support for the Walk was incredible and I met some amazing people and heard many stories.
In particular, I thank Lucinda Barry and the team at the Organ and Tissue Authority, Federal Minister Mark Coulton and ACT Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith for their funding support, their time and for sharing their stories.
We received tremendous support from the Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Organ and Tissue Donation Dr Anne Webster and Dr Mike Freelander, The Hon Mark Butler MP gave his support as did a number of other MPs and Senators. ACT Ministers giving support include Tara Cheyne and Emma Davidson.
The DonateLife, DonateLifeACT and Canberra Health Services teams provided additional support for all our activities during the week.
Highlights of our 2021 Walk
National Launch at Australian Parliament House on 17 February 2021
The Hon Mark Coulton MP, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the Hon Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing spoke at National Launch of the Annual Walk 2021 - virtual. The event was hosted by the Co Chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Organ and Tissue donation, Dr Anne Webster and Dr Mike Freelander. It was great to see a number of members of Parliament who are also Parliamentary Friends and Lucinda Barry, CEO of the Organ and Tissue Authority and her team.
ACT Launch in Civic Square 22 February 2021
Rachel Stephen-Smith, ACT Minister for Health and Lucinda Barry, CEO of the Organ and Tissue Authority officially launched our COVID safe annual walk this morning 22 February in Civic Square ACT. Special thanks to Greg Bayliss for MCing again this year. We thank everyone who was able to join us.
The Governor-General, Mrs Hurley and the GG team
Everybody was doing the virtual Gift of Life's DonateLife Walk 2021.
Including Governor-General of Australia His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Mrs Hurley and the GG team.
Some of our Walkers in the ACT and across Australia
In the Media
Special thanks to our Media Partner, the Riot ACT and Region Media for launching our social media campaign and their coverage of the Walk.
Television and Radio
2CC Breakfast with Stephen Cenatiempo
We're grateful to our sponsors and supporters for their support
The conversation needs to continue
Walkers are encouraged to upload their photos and videos and show their support through social media sharing. Social image frames are available to help build awareness of the Walk and the cause – organ and tissue donation.
Find flyers and other downloadables so you can share the word easier - click here to find more.
History of the Walk and Photo Gallery
Keep up-to-date with news, and remember to share your walk experience
Frequently asked questions
I am part of a walking group - can we join in?
Yes! Absolutely. Sign up for the Walk as a team and let us know how many are walking. If stocks are available we'll organise to get you some t-shirts or hats to wear on your walk that week. Take a photo or video, upload it to your social media and tag us in. Remember to have the discussion with your family and friends and most importantly register to become a donor.
I don't live in Canberra - can I be part of the Walk?
Yes! Absolutely. Raising organ donor rates is an Australia-wide challenge. We encourage participants from across Australia.
What measures are you taking for us to stay COVID Safe
We encourage all our participants to stay up to date on COVID-19 guidelines - for the latest advice visit the ACT Government website.