WATCH: Gold Coast charity SLDO helping to brighten the lives of children facing organ failure

Gold Coast charity Save Lives Donate Organs (SLDO) has launched a new initiative that is set to brighten the lives of young patients facing organ failure.

Youth Assist is a new platform that aims to provide financial support to young patients during treatment, or fund activities to improve their quality of life.

CommBank has thrown its support behind the charity’s new venture, donating $10,000 to kickstart the program.


SLDO President Brett Bullock said the scheme was aimed at youth and children under 18 years of age, who are suffering from organ failure and are under financial duress.

“We are very pleased to partner with CommBank for our important SLDO Youth Assist program, which will offer a unique support system to this special group,” said Mr Bullock.

“I know from my own experience as a dual kidney transplant patient how tough and scary it can be to be in hospital suffering from a disease that can lead to organ failure.

“Thanks to CommBank’s generous grant, we will be brightening the lives of youth around the country, with all funds donated to go directly toward initiatives helping young patients in need.”

Find out more about the Youth Assist program in the video below:

To further boost funds, SLDO is organising an inaugural annual gala ball at Brisbane’s Cloudland on Saturday, 11th August, with all money raised from the sale of tickets to go straight to SLDO Assist and Youth Assist programs.

For more information, to purchase tickets to the ball or donate funds, visit:

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, 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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