Community Awareness Grants Awarded to Support DonateLife Week 2013
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King has announced $533,000 in Community Awareness Grants which will support 22 organisations to conduct community awareness and education events as part of DonateLife Week 2013.
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28 November 2012
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King today announced $533,000 in Community Awareness Grants which will support 22 organisations to conduct community awareness and education events as part of DonateLife Week 2013.
DonateLife Week is the national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and will take place from Sunday 24 February – Sunday 3 March 2013. The theme of DonateLife Week 2013 is ‘Make your wish count. Discover, decide and discuss organ and tissue donation’.
Ms King said, “The DonateLife Week 2013 community events provide an excellent opportunity to reach out and engage with those Australians who may not yet have considered organ and tissue donation.”
“DonateLife Week is also a timely reminder to all Australians, who have made the decision to donate life, of the need to ensure their loved ones know their decision. It’s a time to remind your family about your wishes and make your wish count because in Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased.
The Community Awareness Grants are administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its Community Awareness and Education program to promote organ and tissue donation.
“The Community Awareness Grants provide an important opportunity for communities across Australia to get involved in promoting organ and tissue donation, and in doing so normalising decision-making and family discussion about the benefits of donation for transplantation.
The activities that will be undertaken during DonateLife Week 2013 include community walks, film competitions, sporting events, university outreach, engagement with Indigenous communities and information sessions with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Ms King said, “We will be calling upon all Australians to make their wish count during DonateLife Week by registering their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and, most importantly, sharing that wish with family and close friends.”
The full list of the 22 successful Community Awareness Grants recipients is at the DonateLife website.
For more information, please contact the Parliamentary Secretary's Office on (02) 6277 4230
Community Awareness Grants to support DonateLife Week 2013
|Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative||This project includes information stalls at four festivals with a focus on engaging with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including a discussion panel during DonateLife Week 2013 and local media campaign.||$2,300.00|
|Gift of Life Inc||The Gift of Life Inc. annual DonateLife Walk will be held in Canberra during DonateLife Week. This event is an established part of Canberra’s annual awareness week activities for promoting organ and tissue donation.||$30,000.00|
|Melbourne Heart FC||Activities will include an A League football match during DonateLife Week 2013 (Sunday 24 February) and a Melbourne Heart FC (MHFC) player ambassador to promote organ and tissue donation.||$15,000.00|
|Lions Club of Moyhu||A basketball and netball round robin between local secondary school students, Emergency Services and Local community groups will be held during DonateLife Week 2013 to engage young people on the subject of organ and tissue donation. The day will include donor family speakers and distribution of DonateLife materials.||$8,000.00|
|Ethnic Broadcasting Association of QLD||A series of two 2-minute radio segments focusing on awareness, dispelling myths, discussing and knowing family wishes and promoting DonateLife Week 2013 will be produced. The segments will be translated into Greek, Arabic, Italian, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin and broadcast on rotation on Radio 4EB for three months. DonateLife resources will be distributed to support and accompany the segments and a 6-page newsletter featuring information on the project will also be developed.||$25,600.00|
|Eurobodalla Renal Support Group||This project is to conduct an information event, including live radio broadcast from the event and interview with people by radio station 2EC.||$3,820.00|
|Heart and Lung Transplant Trust Victoria||An online photography competition called ‘Life Flashes’ will be promoted through social media with entrants encouraged to contribute photographs that either raises awareness of organ and tissue donation generally or photographs that represent their own experience of transplant. A short list of images will be printed onto canvas for display at the Alfred Hospital during DonateLife Week 2013.||$2,000.00|
|Hobsons Bay Police Community Consultative Committee||A basketball round robin between local secondary school students, Victoria Police and other Emergency Services will be held during DonateLife Week 2013 to engage young adults about organ and tissue donation. DonateLife materials and a survey will be distributed, and donor families will speak about their experience||$6,000.00|
|Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait (RDA FNQ&TS)||This project comprises focus groups and staging of community events to engage Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland. Community consultation will determine the most culturally appropriate format for the community days which may include arts display or theatrical plays prepared by and presented by the local school.||$71,152.30|
|University of NSW||Activities will be conducted to engage students and staff at the University of NSW during O Week and the first week of semester which coincides with DonateLife Week 2013. Activities will include student ambassadors conducting short speeches to classes about organ and tissue donation, flash mobs and a student barbeque and activity on the UNSW website ‘the Hub’.||$7,721.00|
|Netball Australia||This proposal is to promote awareness of organ and tissue donation through events in each state and territory, including community clinics and championship team games, the use of netball players as ambassadors including the development of Community Service Announcement (CSA) and a digital campaign.||$47,500.00|
|Transplant Australia||The proposal is to secure at least 40 university and higher education campuses in Victoria to engage in DonateLife Week 2013 activities and to stage two cricket matches to raise awareness for organ donation involving the Australian Transplant Cricket Club and the Indian Welfare Association.||$16,930.00|
|VIC Regional Nurse Donation Specialist Group||DonateLife Week 2013 community events will be held in eight major regional areas across Victoria and will include community walks, cricket games or short film awards nights.||$58,080.00|
|Victorian Metropolitan Nurse Donation Specialist Group||A family-friendly Community Day will be held in Melbourne during DonateLife Week 2013.||$26,850.00|
|Hunter New England Area Local Health District||DonateLife Week 2013 will be promoted through the “Have the Discuss, Discover & Decide chat over a coffee” campaign in 12-15 Gloria Jeans’ coffee houses in NSW.||$13,200.00|
|Townsville Intercultural Centre Ltd.||A one day event engaging Townsville’s multicultural community including refugees and migrants will be held during DonateLife Week 2013, together with a series of health workshops with students in the Townsville State High School English as a Second Language class.||$6,000.00|
|The Groundswell Project Inc.||This project assists young film makers to create a short film, capturing and sharing stories between donor families, transplant recipients and young Australians. This project builds on the success of FilmLife 2012.||$90,200.00|
|Bugalwena Health||A gathering of Indigenous families on the North Coast of NSW will be held during DonateLife Week 2013 to discuss organ and tissue donation and distribute a brochure and merchandise specifically designed for the Indigenous community.||$5,123.70|
|The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation||The Cycle of Giving bike ride will take place from Sunshine Coast to New Farm Park (outside Brisbane CBD), to promote the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and paying tribute to donors, donor families and clinical staff who make donation possible.||$19,825.00|
|Central Coast Local Health District||The Central Coast Mariners Football team will promote DonateLife Week 2013 during a match held during the week, including promotions and an information stall.||$10,163.00|
|Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring||The Gift of Life play will be performed in Indigenous communities in the NT as part of a two week tour to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation.||$61,935.00|
|Perth North Metro Medicare Local||A community event will be held during DonateLife Week 2013 with Indigenous community members.||$5,000.00|
|Totals (GST Exclusive)||$533,000.00|
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