Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Jersey Day Motion – Passed

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (16:59:06): In the words that I have heard here many times, I will brief. I move notice of motion 149 standing in my name on behalf of the crossbench for the second time—not the first, but the second. I move: That this house recognises that: (1) 30 August is Jersey Day, which promotes awareness of the Organ and Tissue Authority and the DonateLife Network; (2) Australia is a world leader in successful transplants, and in 2018, 1782 lives were saved through transplantation; and (3) this public awareness campaign will hopefully encourage Victorians to discuss organ donation with family and close friends. I did receive a package from Jersey Day which included a jersey and a football, which is standing proudly in my office in Torquay right now. Had I known that I could have worn it in the chamber, I probably would have worn it in the chamber, but I am only new to this game so I thought I would err on the side of caution and not wear it; but anyway. A member interjected. Mr GRIMLEY: Okay, fair enough. Jersey Day, from my research and from what I know, is a social cause designed to raise awareness of the Organ and Tissue Authority and DonateLife. It is a simple concept that was inspired by the story of Nathan Gremmo, whose young life was tragically lost in an accident in May 2015. Nathan’s family chose to give the gift of life to honour the legacy of Nathan’s generous personality. The importance of organ donation cannot be overstated. In 2018 alone 1782 lives were transformed by 554 donors and 238 living organ donors and their families, which is amazing. This campaign is all about raising awareness. Simply wear a jersey, share a photo on social media and begin the conversation about organ donation with your friends and family. The campaign aims to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation by getting people to wear these jerseys, their favourite jersey, and share these photos on social media. And for anybody who is not an organ donor—I am an organ donor myself—and you are considering it, please have the conversations at home, and if you decide that you want to donate your organs then head to the website, the DonateLife website. It is quite simple. You just fill out a page there with your details, and that is it; it is job done. So that is this Friday, 30 August. The Jersey Day crew are asking all schools and workplaces across Australia to allow their students and employees to wear their favourite sporting jersey to school or work to show their support for the DonateLife Network and begin the conversation. It is all about raising awareness. On Friday I will be certainly be wearing my jersey. I will be proudly wearing the West Coast Eagles jumper on Friday to raise awareness for organ donation, and I will also be having a conversation with those around me about organ donation and their wishes. I commend the motion to the house.


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