St Clare's girls near the end of the walk. Click for more photos

Donate Life Walk 2013

St Clare's girls near the end of the walk. Photo: Rohan Thomson

  • St Clare's girls near the end of the walk.
  • Lyn Barling, Kasey Alchin, Sue Horsfall and Terese Hicks.
  • Burns victim Turia Pitt after the walk.
  • Burns victim, Turia Pitt with her partner, Michael Hoskin after the walk.
  • Donate Life walk around the lake.
  • Manager of Donate Life ACT, Kylie Downes.
  • The Belconnen Lions Club serves egg and bacon sandwiches.
  • Penny Gallagher, Anne Cay, Sinety Lance and Tiahn Rukabina.
  • The Belconnen Lions Club serves egg and bacon sandwiches.
  • Walkers pass the national library.
  • Walkers pass the national library.

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.