It may not be as long or lucrative as the Tour de France, but the Kingscliff cycle ride will help promote the best cause in the world – saving human life.
To support organ donation awareness, Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) is coordinating a community cycling event this Sunday 7 July. The aim is to remind the community of how important it is to know their loved one’s organ and tissue donation wishes.
Registration is at 7.30 am for the two cycle options – a 45 km ride through the countryside or a 5-7 km ride suitable for families or non-cyclists along a designated cycle path. Mid-way refreshments will be offered, and Kingscliff Rotary is running a BBQ at the finish. Road cyclists receive a complimentary DonateLife jersey, with a t-shirt for cycle path participants. The events start at 8.00 am.
“Many people aren’t aware that around 1 per cent of hospital deaths occur in specific circumstances where a person can be considered for organ donation,” said Donation Specialist/Medical, Dr Mike Lindley-Jones.
“However, many more people have the opportunity to become a tissue donor,” he added.
“When people become aware of this fact, the overwhelming majority (84 per cent) are more motivated to decide they would like to become an organ and tissue donor.
“The limited availability in Australia of donated organs for transplantation is why everyone needs to know their family members’ donation wishes. We need to make every effort to maximise the community’s access to life-transforming transplants.
“It’s a conversation that one day could save lives,” said Dr. Lindley-Jones.
Colleague and event coordinator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Organ and Tissue Donation, Mary Campbell, said, “Every family needs a clear idea of their relatives’ wishes because the family of every potential donor is always asked to confirm their loved one’s donation wishes before organ and/or tissue donation can proceed.”
- 77 per cent of Australians have talked about organ and tissue donation with their family
- 71 per cent of people believe that their family knows their donation wishes
- BUT only 56 per cent of Australians actually do know the donation wishes of their loved ones.