Helping Transplant Children and the World Transplant Games

Gordon Rutty is passionate about helping others. As an altruistic kidney donor, he made the selfless act of donating a kidney to a stranger. Now he wants to help children with transplants celebrate their renewed life at the 2023 World Transplant Games in Perth.

Gordon is leading two fundraising efforts on the Gold Coast in 2022:

  • The Walk To End The Wait where he will walk 42 kilometres a day for 14 days
  • The Orange Ball on the Gold Coast on Friday, October 7.

Children with transplants have often experienced significant interruption to their schooling, sporting and social life. They have missed out on team sports and the benefits of physical activity and sport. Transplant Australia helps these kids adapt to life with a transplant and focus on their physical wellbeing. At the World Transplant Games, they can meet other children who have a shared, lived experience. Many of them get to take home a medal for ‘show and tell’.

Your support will provide subsidies for up to 50 transplant children and their families from around Australia to attend the Games. The money will help them with registration, accommodation, travel and uniform expenses to represent Australia.

All donations are fully tax deductible. Transplant Australia is a national charity committed to improving the rates of organ donation in Australia and to helping transplant recipients live life to the fullest. The World Transplant Games is the world’s largest awareness event for organ donation.

Save the date – The Orange Ball

Friday, October 7, the Gold Coast.

Come and enjoy a fun-filled night with dinner, drinks and entertainment included. As the name suggests, this is no ordinary event! With over 400 Gold Coast business owners and local community members showing up in support of Transplant Australia’s important work, this event promises to be a night of laughter, connection and inspiration.

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The Orange Ball
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“The aim of everything I do is to increase awareness of the need for those Australians who wish to donate their organs to register on the Australian Organ Donor Registry and ensure they have a conversation with their families about their wishes.  Only one in three Australians are registered donors despite the majority(69%) believing that registering is important.

There are more than 1,700 Australians currently waitlisted for a transplant and more than 12,000additional people on dialysis—many who may need a kidney transplant. Now more than ever, we need more Australians to say “yes” to organ donation.”

Gordon Rutty