St Clare's College students on Friday helped to promote the Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk which takes place on Wednesday around Lake Burley Griffin.
Thousands of Canberrans are expected to gather at Regatta Point to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and registration.
St Clare's has been a long-time supporter of the walk, not least because past students Maddy and Lara Watchirs Connolly are the daughters of the late Canberra judge and politician Terry Connolly, who died in 2007. His family knew he wanted to be an organ donor and respected his wishes, also giving his wife Helen Watchirs and their daughters "a sense of contribution'' that "helped make up for a life cut short''.
St Clare's students, when of an appropriate age, discuss the question of organ donation as part of the curriculum, principal Brad Cooney said. Those who can't make it on the morning, also walk around the school oval at lunchtime to still participate.
Gift of Life president and liver recipient David O’Leary is encouraging Canberrans to consider their donation decision and make their decision known to loved ones.
“Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is an important reminder to register your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and also to encourage your loved ones to register their decision,'' he said.
"Most importantly, we’re asking every family to 'have the chat that saves lives' with their loved ones to make sure they ask and know each other’s decision about organ and tissue donation.''
The Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019 starts on Wednesday from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6.45am for a 7am sharp start. It is a free event. Register at giftoflife.asn.au