Honouring organ donors and their families on DonateLife Thank-you Day

The Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt, AM MP has teamed-up with Guildford local Ceri Ovans, who recently had a double lung transplant, to raise awareness of organ donation as part this year’s DonateLife Thank You day.

Ceri Ovans was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease which affects the lungs and digestive system, and at 29 desperately needed a transplant.

“I have always been a very active person, I love to cycle, row and run, but it had gotten to the stage where my lung capacity was so bad I couldn’t do any of these things anymore.”

“The doctors had said to me that unless I had a double lung transplant I wouldn’t survive another two years.”

In August, after a series of tests, Mrs Ovans was fortunate enough to be matched to a donor and underwent a double lung transplant.

“I was given such an incredible, selfless gift and for that I will be eternally grateful. I want to say thank-you to my donor and their family, and to all the families in Australia whose generosity saves and transforms lives.”

Sunday 20 November is DonateLife Thank You Day. With around 1,400 Australians waiting for a life-saving transplant, and a further 12,000 people on dialysis, DonateLife Thank You Day highlights how organ and tissue donation has a far reaching effect, changing the lives of both transplant recipients, their families and the community.

“We all have the potential to save lives as a donor or may one day need a transplant to save our life or that of someone we love,” said Mr Wyatt

“It’s important we recognise those who are willing to give the ultimate gift, and a timely reminder that we should all have a discussion with our family about organ donation.”

“At the end of October, a record 1,161 Australians and their families benefited from a life-saving transplant through the generosity of 409 deceased organ donors and their families. A further 203 living donors have saved lives through live kidney or partial liver donation, with thousands more becoming tissue donors,” he said

“I encourage every Australian to take part in DonateLife Thank You Day. You can show your thanks simply by posting a #ThankYouDay message on social media to all living and deceased donors and their families, and consider joining the Australian Organ Donor Register to one day save lives,” said Mr Wyatt.

“For those that have received a transplant, DonateLife Thank You Day provides an opportunity to write to your donor family through the formal channels available. We know that receiving letters from those whose lives were saved or improved brings great comfort to donor families.”

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