Oct 23, 2018
Organ and Tissue Donations - "DonateLife"

Our 22 May Bulletin included a very interesting story, from the May 2018 issue of Rotary Down Under of a kidney organ donation to the grandson of Maurie and De Stack, from Taree. Maurie, a lawyer, is a friend and colleague of Neil Howie.
As a former District Governor, Maurie is seeking to mobilise all Rotary Clubs in Australia to urge families to register and discuss their organ and tissue donation decisions to help save more lives.
We are very fortunate to have Professor O’Connell as our Guest Speaker, an international expert on organ transplant research and on the critical need for organ and tissue donations. More than 1,500 Australians are currently awaiting transplant treatment.
Professor O’Connell is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Director of Transplantation at Westmead Hospital and a founding Director of the Centre for Transplant and Renal Research at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research.
Professor O’Connell is a Past President of the international professional body - The Transplantation Society and was a guest speaker at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul in May 2016.
He was a member of the Australian Government Organ Donor Task Force that recommended the establishment of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority to oversee organ donation in Australia. He is committed to the establishment of ethical solutions to the world wide organ shortage.
This is an ideal opportunity for us, our families and friends to hear what we need to know about making a decision that may help save more lives.
Please bring as many visitors as you can to give this important speaker a strong audience. Let Avis or Neil know if you intend to bring guests as
soon as you can so that we can have an early gauge of numbers.