Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 519 Issue Date: 15 Apr, 2019

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Emma Fane speaks on Organ Donation Awareness

Guest Speaker


Our special guests today were Emma Fane and Bruce McDowell, introduced appropriately by PP Doc Ian.

Emma spoke today on Organ Donation and the plans her group have to build an Organ Donor Awareness Fountain and garden here in Geraldton. Emma is 21 years old, works at Lifetime Services and at Breakers on weekends. She was born and raised in Geraldton but has spent a lot of time travelling the world! She enjoys netball and basketball.

It was in 2008 that Bruce’s daughter and Emma’s best friend Alysha was taken from them tragically in a motor vehicle accident. Her sad loss was tempered only by the fact that her organs were donated, benefiting and saving the lives of a number of recipients. In memory of her, Bruce and Emma wish to raise awareness of organ donation by building a fountain in memory of past organ donors, but also to increase awareness and increase the numbers of people prepared to donate their organs in the event of their untimely deaths.

Emma and Bruce

Although most people are prepared to donate their organs in the event of their deaths, it frequently does not occur as their families are not aware of their loved one’s wishes. Hence it is essential for people to discuss their wishes with their families. It is not just about ticking a box on a form!

The fountain is planned for the Geraldton Foreshore near a small playground opposite the Flour Mill Estate. About $130,000 will need to be raised, and to start this off, Emma is organising the “Aleecat” music festival 2011. This will be held at the Gero Hotel Sat June 11. It is an over 18 event, and will feature various bands and DJ’s. (See flyer) Funds raised will go to this project, but the intention is to raise awareness about organ donation to young adults.

Author: Ian Taylor

Published: 22 May, 2011


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Ian Taylor
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