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CANBERRA has one of the lowest rates of registration for organ donation in Australia, with only 23 per cent registered to donate, according to the Organ and Tissue Authority.
Only one in four Canberrans are on the national organ and tissue register, compared to one in three nationally, said the authority.
In light of these statistics and in the lead up to the Gift of Life Donate Life Walk, Gift of Life president and liver recipient, David O’Leary is urging Canberrans to register.
“We know that 93 per cent of families agreed to donation when their family member was on the donor register,” he says.
“No one wants to be put in that position to have to make the decision, but it is made easier when you know your loved ones wishes.
“I am sure there are many more Canberrans that would be a donor but they just haven’t got around to registering or just don’t know how to register.”
The Gift of Life DonateLife Walk is is a free event on Wednesday, February 26. Information at giftoflife.asn.au