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3rd March, 2013

Melbourne Make Your Wish Count

Sunday, 3 March, 2013
1pm
Argyle Square (Piazza Italia), Lygon St Carlton

This Sunday Judith will appear with Melbourne music legends to support good friend Mandawuy Yunupingu and inspire more Australians to become organ and tissue donors.

She will recite a poem she penned when she discovered the former Yothu Yindi star was still on the waiting list for a transplant, due to chronic kidney disease. And Judith has dedicated her poem to Mandawuy.  Judith and Mandawuy are both former Australians of The Year.

The poem, ‘Perfect Match’, captures the power of a person’s ability to transform the lives of multiple Australians through the gift of donation, and the importance of making your wishes known.

Barb Mortimer’s son, Tom, made that decision when he told his mum if he were to die during high-risk brain surgery “If I can’t use my bits anymore, give them to someone who can.”

A line in Judith’s heartfelt poem for Mandawuy echoes this brave decision.

As part of Melbourne Make Your Wish Count community event, Barb will share Tom’s story and join Judith to close DonateLife Week along with Melbourne musos.

Indigenous rapper and transplant recipient Little G will perform her modern take on The Seekers famous international Number 1 hit, Georgy Girl.

The Transplants will belt out their distinctive beats headed by Paulie Stewart, lead singer of the infamous punk band The Painters and Dockers.

The group formed in 2010 when several members met in The Austin liver transplant unit, where they all received the life saving gift of a new liver.

DonateLife Week is Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation from Sunday 24 February – Sunday 3 March. The national theme for DonateLife Week 2013 is ‘Make your wish count – discover, decide, discuss organ and tissue donation’. To make every wish count, every Australian family needs to know each other’s wishes. This is because in Australia the family of every potential donor is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of their loved one before organ and/or tissue donation can proceed.

In 2012, 92 Victorian donors provided life changing transplants to 267 Australians.

This project is sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Authority. For more information on DonateLife Week 2013 please visit www.donatelife.gov.au.

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