The Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Ken Wyatt, farewelled Australian Team members from Western Australia on Friday, June 9.
State Committee Chair Julie Edmonds hosted the event at the Belmont Sports and Recreation Club welcoming the Minister and the five athletes who take off next week for the World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain.
Transplant Australia CEO, Chris Thomas, presented a commemorative artwork to the Minister. The artwork featured one of the designs by Indigenous Artist Stephen Hogarth of Hogarth Arts and inspirational quotes from three Australian athletes.
Hogarth Arts designs will feature on the official dress shirts which will be worn by athletes at the Opening Ceremony and all official Games functions. Transplant Australia is proud of this country’s Indigenous heritage and will celebrate it on the global stage, as we send an Australian team to take on over 2,200 athletes from 60 member countries at the upcoming World Transplant Games in Málaga from June 25 – July 2.
The World Transplant Games are the largest organ donation awareness event in the world, uniting over 2,200 athletes from 60 member countries for the equivalent of the Olympics for people with a transplant.
Designed to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation to the world, to celebrate renewed life, and pay tribute to donors and living donors, the World Transplant Games are an inspiring sporting event.
The message of the Games is to encourage citizens from around the planet to register as an organ and tissue donor, to save the lives of those on the waiting list.
To join the Australian Organ Donor Register online visit donatelife.gov.au, and give the gift of life.