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Community grants for organ and tissue donation

Media Releases

Date : 19 June 2019

Author: The Hon Josh Frydenberg

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
Treasurer

MEDIA RELEASE

16 June 2019

COMMUNITY GRANTS FOR ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION AWARENESS

A local Kooyong business is one of 20 national and local community-based organisations who will share more than $400,000 in the Federal Government’s Community Awareness Grants. These grants aim to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation and increase registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

DonateLife Week 2019, Australia’s national organ and tissue donation awareness week, will be the launch-pad for 14 of the 20 funded projects. DonateLife will be held from Sunday 28 July to Sunday 4 August 2019.

Located in Kew, pixel42 has been awarded more than $36,000 to create a range of digital content for broadcast on regional television. Owner and creative director, Daniel Arts, draws on more than ten years as a former senior network editor and became involved in the donation and transplant community when his partner received a kidney transplant in 2010. pixel42’s project will launch on 1 July 2019 and run through to DonateLife week.

During DonateLife Week, Australians are encouraged to register to be an organ and tissue donor at donatelife.gov.au to have the opportunity to one day save lives. It takes less than one minute to
register as an organ donor at donatelife.gov.au using your Medicare number.

Joining the Australian Organ Donor Register has a direct influence on increasing our donation rate, with nine in 10 families saying yes to donation when their loved one is a registered donor.
With 1,400 Australians currently wait-listed for a transplant, we can do more by encouraging our friends, family and colleagues to have the chat and register as organ donors. A further 11,000
Australians are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant. For someone seriously ill, an organ or tissue transplant can mean the difference between life and death.

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