Decide to be an organ donor

ORGAN donation campaigner David Gough left Coffs Harbour yesterday accompanied by members of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club after morning tea with hospital staff involved in organ donation and supporters.

In the lead up to DonateLife Week from February 20-27, Mr Gough is undertaking a 5000km motorcycle marathon through NSW, ACT and northern Victoria to get people thinking about saving Australian lives through organ and tissue donation.

At 26, David Gough’s daughter Melody was on the threshold of a promising career when her life was cut short as a result of a motor vehicle accident near Boorowa as she was returning home to Cowra on Christmas Eve 2009.

Her decision to be an organ donor saved the lives of three criti- cally ill people.

His message is simple:

  • discover the facts about organ and tissue donation;
  • decide whether to become an organ donor; and
  • discuss organ donation with those close to you.

When your wishes are known, if the situation arises it makes it a little easier on families at a very stressful time to carry out those wishes and consent for organ and tissue donation.

DonateLife NSW is supporting David in this ride to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.

A spokesman for DonateLife said although there had been a pleasing increase in the willingness of people in New South Wales to donate organs and tissue and transplantation in 2010, donations needed to improve further as the need for transplantation continued to grow.

“That such a tragic event should occur with his family reminds all of us that any day is a good day to talk about organ and tissue donation with your loved ones,” the spokesman said.

“The people closest to you need to know your donation wishes because in the end they will be asked to give the final okay.”

To discover more about organ and tissue donation, what to do when you decide to become a potential donor, and suggestions on how to discuss your wishes with your family, visit www.donatelife.gov.au



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