HUNDREDS of locals have pledged to sign up for organ donation after attending the launch of the Gold Coast’s newest charity over the weekend.
SLDO (Save Lives Donate Organs) held their first ever fundraising event at SkyPoint at the Q1 Surfers Paradise on Saturday Night.
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The charity was established after President Brett Bullock suffered chronic renal failure in his early 20’s, forcing him to undergo a kidney transplant.
He took to the stage on the night, and urged guests to sign up for organ donation.
“There are a lot of people on the Gold Coast, including young people, living with disease, and living on the wait list for transplant surgery,” said Mr Bullock.
“Registered donors are needed to save the lives of these people, and we aim to make more Australians aware of this fact.”
Guests heard from young Coen Ashton, who was born with cystic fibrosis and recently underwent a double lung transplant.
The 16-year-old inspired the crowd, discussing how he is now touring to schools and speaking with teenagers about the importance of organ donation, and how it can change someone’s life.
Registering as an organ and tissue donor in Australia is an opt-in system, requiring an individual to not only complete a registration online, by phone or in person at a Medicare Service Centre, but also to make their close family and friends aware of their decision to become an organ donor.
For more information on SLDO, click here.