Lions Australia views organ and tissue donation as an expression of care for others and an extremely important decision that all Australians should consider.
In a policy statement drafted in 2015, Lions Australia made a pledge to encourage its members to consider donating their organs by registering their view on the Australian Organ Donor Register and discussing the topic with friends and family.
Organ and tissue donation is governed by the Organ and Tissue Authority under the banner ‘DonateLife’. Lions Australia is also listed as a DonateLife Community Partner.
According to DonateLife:
“Each year thousands of Australian lives are saved and transformed through the generosity of living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families that agreed to donation.
“Australians of all ages, faiths and cultural backgrounds can one day be in need of an organ or tissue transplant.
“The gift of donation has far-reaching effects, benefiting both transplant recipients and their loved ones. For those waiting for a transplant, organ and tissue donation can mean the difference between life and death, being healthy and sick, between seeing and being blind, or between being active and never walking again. It enables people to resume an active life in their family, their workplace, their school and their community.”
Sunday 19 November 2017 is DonateLife Thank You Day – a national day to acknowledge the generosity of living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families.
Lions Australia encourages its members to share their organ donation stories, say thanks to organ and tissue donors and their families and consider registering to donate if they have not done so already.
Find out more at https://register.donatelife.gov.au/