Donate Life Walk 2013
About 1200 people gathered at Regatta Point to take part in the Gift of Life's Donate Life Walk 2013 on Wednesday, February 27. Photo: Rohan Thomson
A record number of people braved wet weather to participate in Gift of Life's Donate Life Walk on Wednesday morning.
More than 3000 people gathered at Regatta Point by 7am to walk around the lake as part of the event promoting organ donation.
Event organisers said the number of walkers eclipsed last year’s attendance partially due to the widespread involvement of groups from government departments.
A spokeswoman for the Organ and Tissue authority speaking from the event said it went well despite some rain in the early morning.
"Canberrans have shown the weather won't stop them supporting a good cause," she said.
According to ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher last year 30 Canberrans received life-saving organ transplants and 12 people donated organs.
A further 66 people received eye tissue donations.
She urged Canberrans to let their loved ones know of their decision to become organ donors.
"Experience to date shows that, if you want to become an organ and tissue donor, it's important to let your family know so that they can honour your decision if the situation arises.”
This is organ donation week.