St Clare’s College students on Friday helped to promote the Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk which takes place on Wednesday around Lake Burley Griffin.
Thousands of Canberrans are expected to gather at Regatta Point to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and registration.
St Clare’s has been a long-time supporter of the walk, not least because past students Maddy and Lara Connelly Watchirs are the daughters of the late Canberra judge and politician Terry Connelly, who died in 2007. His family knew he wanted to be an organ donor and respected his wishes, also giving his wife Helen Watchirs and their daughters «a sense of contribution» that «helped make up for a life cut short».
St Clare’s students, when of an appropriate age, discuss the question of organ donation as part of the curriculum, principal Brad Cooney said. Those who can’t make it on the morning, also walk around the school oval at lunchtime to still participate.