Five friends trying to make a difference
The idea for SLDO was started by Gold Coast local Brett Bullock who was diagnosed with chronic renal failure in his early 20’s and underwent a kidney transplant. Together with a few mates he saw a need to highlight the issues around organ donation in Australia. Save Lives Donate Organs Inc was formed to start taking action and spreading awareness of the life saving benefits of organ donation that Australia is so far behind on. Our foundation members and management committee have all been a part of Brett’s journey in some way over the past few years and have been inspired by Brett’s humility in seeking to help others.
It’s not something you think about every day – the chance to save the life of someone you love, or a perfect stranger, by becoming an organ donor. But there are thousands of Australians whose lives depend on it, every year.
Our mission is to:
Raise public awareness of the benefits of organ and tissue donation
Spread knowledge and information about organ and tissue donation for Australians to ensure they understand the process of becoming a registered donor
Raise funds to provide financial support for those with organ failure who are suffering financially as a consequence of their illness
The Truth of Organ Donation
Around 1,400 Australians are currently waitlisted for a transplant. A further 11,000 are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant. In 2017, 1,675 lives were transformed by 510 deceased and 273 living organ donors and their families. Only one in three Australians are registered donors despite the majority (69%) believing that registering is important. Donate Life 2018.
Since 2005, Queenslanders have been unable to register their donation wishes on their driver’s licence.
Only the Australian Organ Donor Register allows you to register your consent to donate. By telling your family, partner and friends your wishes and registering your consent, you have done the two most important things to ensure your wish to donate will be carried out. Visit www.donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today or phone 1800 777 203.
Less than 1% of people die in hospital in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible. The circumstances in which you can become a tissue donor are less limited.
The quality of care for a potential donor at the end of his or her life and the wishes of their family is always the foremost consideration of those involved and is never compromised by the potential for organ and tissue donation.
Most of the world’s religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Jehovah’s Witness, and Sikhism support organ/tissue donation and transplantation as an act of generosity, merit, and benevolence.
To register as an organ donor please visit www.donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today. Two minutes of your time can save 8 lives!
Our Committee Members
Our committee is made up of not only dedicated, highly skilled individuals but also a bunch of really good friends. It is our shared value and a common mission to deliver life-changing opportunities for the recipients we serve that keeps us united and driven. Although we are supported and backed by a heap of kind-hearted individuals our core team consists of:
Brett Bullock – President and Founder
Nick Witheriff – Fundraising and Events
Adam Merlehan – Lawyer – Governance/Compliance
Paul Marzella – Accountant – Treasurer
Taryn Lovegrove – Lawyer – Community/Awareness, Secretary
We are lucky enough to have the support of business and individuals who help us get the word out about the importance of organ and tissue donation in Australia.
Stone & Wood Brewery: Besides making the best beer in the land, Stone & Wood are huge supporters of their local community, and are fantastic supporters of SLDO’s efforts in raising awareness and assisting individuals at all stages of the journey of organ and tissue donation.
James Slipper – Queensland Reds Captain; Wallabies former Vice Captain – As a star rugby player for the state and the nation, and a Gold Coast local, Slipper knows that life is #worthsaving. We’re proud to have him as an ambassador for our cause. What a legend.
Rob Simmons – Former Queensland Reds Vice Captain. New South Wales Waratahs – Gold Coast local and well known Australian rugby union footballer, Rob supports the importance of organ and tissue donation. SLDO is beyond grateful to have such significant and local support. Good on ya Simmons.
Liz Blatchford – Professional Triathlete – Gold Coast resident and professional triathlete, Liz is a genuine supporter of raising awareness of the benefits of organ donation. We hugely appreciate having her as an ambassador for our cause.