Transplant Games participants raising awareness for organ and tissue donation

The Australian Transplant Games are currently underway on the Gold Coast, with more than 700 transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, healthcare professionals and supporters taking part.

The Games,  which are on until tomorrow, are Australia’s largest sporting event for transplant recipients with heart, lung, liver, kidney and bone marrow recipients from every Australian state and territory competing this year.

Teams from Thailand, New Zealand, Germany and the US are also visiting the Gold Coast to take part.


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Transplant Australia CEO Chris Thomas said it’s wonderful to see so many people enjoying their second chance at life at the Games on the Gold Coast.

“Our athletes demonstrate living proof that transplantation saves lives. What’s more, it allows them a quality of life they might not have experienced for years. They can participate in sport, become parents, explore the world, all because of the generosity of someone else,” he said.

“Events like the Australian Transplant Games capture the imagination of the public to inspire more people to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. We know that the more names on the register, the more lives will be saved.”

As Australia’s largest awareness event for organ and tissue donation, Mr Thomas said the biennial Games exist to inspire all Aussies to join the Organ Donor Register.

“With over 1,400 people currently on transplant waiting lists and a further 11,000 people on dialysis, the more names on the Register, the more lives can be saved.”

For more information on The Games and event times, visit australiantransplantgames.com/ and to join the organ donor register visit donatelife.gov.au.

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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