Yesterday morning the shores of Lake Burley Griffin were a sea of pink, yellow and white as thousands of Canberrans turned out to take part in the annual Gift of Life's DonateLife Walk.
I was involved in organising the walk years ago and it's getting bigger and better every year.
Students from St Clare's College, Merici College, Narrabundah College, Canberra Grammar, Marist and the Australian National University, as well as Canberrans from the private and public sector, helped raised awareness of organ and tissue donation.
Many people know of my keen interest in organ and tissue donation.
I’ve seen firsthand the difference donations can make to those who have been chronically ill.
I’ve also seen the difference it can make to families who take that enormous and difficult decision to donate their loved one's organs and tissue.
Many of them gain comfort knowing that something good has come from a sudden, unexpected and tragic death.
They know they are saving and improving the lives of others.
It is a selfless decision taken at a time of immense grief.
I urge everyone to take the lead on this important issue. We need to ensure our loved ones are aware of our decision to donate our organs and tissue.
Have the conversation with your family and friends and then register at http://www.donatelife.gov.au/decide