Media event date: 
16 November 2019
Date published: 
19 November 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The generosity of organ donors and their families that have enabled the lives of transplant recipients to be transformed is being recognised tomorrow during DonateLife Thank You Day. 

Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government Mark Coulton thanks both deceased and living donors for their transformational gift. 

“The choice to be an organ and tissue donor could mean the opportunity to help a stranger when you die, or help a loved one through living donation,” Minister Coulton said. 

“In October we had the highest number of deceased donors in one month since the national organ and tissue donation program began. Seventy-one people gave the gift to dramatically improve the lives of others, but sadly that also means 71 families lost a loved one. 

“DonateLife Thank You Day gives us time to reflect on the importance of organ and tissue donation, and say thank you to those who have changed the lives of others.” 

Minister Coulton also stressed the important role families play by saying yes to donation in the hospital. 

“Australia has a world class transplant clinical system but ultimately the gift of a transplant is not possible without donors and their families,” Minister Coulton said. 

“Because more than 4,000 donors and their families said yes to organ and tissue donation in the last decade, more than 11,000 transplant recipients could say thank you.”  

Minister Coulton said there are many more families who said yes, however for a number of reasons donation was not possible.  

“We also recognise their support for organ and tissue donation on this day,” he said. 

The effects of organ and tissue donation benefit not only transplant recipients but also their families, friends, and communities. 

Minister Coulton encouraged Australians to show their thanks to all donors and their families tomorrow, Sunday 17 November.

Australians can take part in Thank You Day by sharing a thank you message acknowledging organ and tissue donors and their families on social media using the hashtags #DonateLife and #ThankYouDay2019. 

For more information about DonateLife Thank You Day, and how to get involved visit donatelife.gov.au