Bondi Beach cattle drive to muster more organ donors

A herd of cattle have hoofed it along Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach today to celebrate hope, mateship and the life-changing benefits made possible through organ and tissue donation.

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17 March 2018

A herd of cattle have hoofed it along Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach today to celebrate hope, mateship and the life-changing benefits made possible through organ and tissue donation.

Speaking at the unique muster, the Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, Ken Wyatt AM, said the Herd of Hope cattle drive brought the country to the city, showcasing the Australian spirit of helping one another.

“Every Australian has the potential to one day need a transplant, or to be in the position of being able to give the gift of life,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Today is about rounding up community support, to highlight that being willing to save lives through organ donation is the ultimate act of mateship.

“The decision to register as an organ donor is one of the most selfless acts we can make, a gift to the recipient as well as their family and their community.”

In 2017, 510 deceased organ donors and their families, and 273 living donors, saved and improved the lives of 1,675 Australians. A further 9,600 Australians benefited from eye and tissue transplants.

More than 10,000 Australians have received a life-saving transplant through the generosity of 3,464 deceased organ donors since the national donation program was introduced in 2009.

Minister Wyatt joined dozens of grateful transplant recipients, donor families and thousands of supporters for the Herd of Hope event, which has been driven by double transplant recipient Megan McLoughlin.

“This drive is an incredible demonstration of determination and gratitude and I thank Megan, her family and supporters for their inspirational work,” the Minister said.

“It is planned for funds raised through Herd of Hope sponsorship to go towards strengthening support services for regional transplant recipients and donor families.”

While welcoming Australia’s transplant growth under the national donation program, Minister Wyatt said the Herd of Hope event was a clarion call to everyone who is willing to donate, to join the Australian Organ Donor Register.

“There are currently 1,400 Australians on transplant waiting lists, and a further 11,000 people on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a donor kidney,” the Minister said.

“Simply by registering and sharing your donation decision with your family, you have the potential to make a lifetime of difference to any of these incredibly brave people.

“It’s never been easier to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. All you need is your Medicare card number and it only takes a minute to sign up using the online form on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.”

Search “donatelife” online to register your decision to save lives at donatelife.gov.au

For more information on the Herd of Hope charity, see www.herdofhope.com.au

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

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