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Australia’s Most Inspirational Sporting Event comes to Western Sydney

Transplant Australia and NSW Health are to embark on a program to help close the ‘consent gap’ in organ and tissue donation. NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, The Hon. Jillian Skinner, announced that Western Sydney will host the Australian Transplant Games in 2016.

Recognised as one of Australia’s most inspirational sporting events, the Australian Transplant Games aims to demonstrate the ‘living proof’ that organ and tissue donation saves lives.

Competitors at the Games are able to live out healthy and rewarding lives because of someone else’s generosity. These Games will uniquely focus on the extra years of life received and the accomplishments and successes within that time that would not have been possible without receiving a transplant.

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Bryan Williams – Swim of his Life for Lifes Second Chances

Bryan Williams, can call himself a heart transplant recipient, cancer survivor, husband, father of three and now a regular marathon swimmer.  He has always embraced his renewed health and wellness, having never let go of his fighting spirit. Bryan attributes his successes to a vigorous exercise regime, goal setting and inexhaustible positive thinking. Bryan achieved his lifelong goal to complete the 19.7 kilometre solo Rottnest Channel Swim in less than seven hours. “Challenges are an opportunity in disguise,” said Bryan who is certainly not one to give up when the odds are stacked against him. Read the Media Release.

Transplant Trek for Kids

Transplant Australia’s CEO is doing it for the kids – one kilometre at a time. For Transplant Australia CEO, Chris Thomas the last 8 weeks have been a long journey …4,226 to be exact. Over the past seven years as CEO of the national charity promoting organ and tissue donation, Transplant Australia, Chris has seen firsthand, the daily struggle some transplant recipients experience post transplantation. And he has decided to do something about it – by riding his push bike from Perth to Sydney. Read the Media Release.

Australian Transplant Cricket Club – Team of the decade

The past decade at the Australian Transplant Cricket Club hasn’t all been about hitting sixes – it has been about mateship, community and promoting organ and tissue donation to Australia. In honour of the last ten years, the ATCC committee have announced a ‘Team of the Decade’ which includes transplant recipients, all of whom who have been named not only for their cricket skills, but for their sportsmanship, their commitment to the club, and their dedication to the cause. Read the Media Release.

World First for Donation

Transplant Australia congratulates St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, on world first heart transplant breakthrough. St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney have announced a world first for organ and tissue donation. The Heart Transplant Team, led by Professor Peter MacDonald, have successfully transplanted two after circulatory death heart transplants in patients with end stage heart failure. Both patients are doing well. Read the Media Release.

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