If you’ve signed up to be an organ and tissue donor, you can grab a free coffee at Fed Square on Wednesday. The free coffee is all about celebrating DonateLife Week, a public awareness initiative that encourages Australians to register as organ and tissue donors. If you haven’t signed up, you can also register on the day to receive your free coffee. Grab your freebie at Fed Square between 7:30am and 10:30am on Wednesday July 27.
Free coffee for DonateLife Week
Signing up to be a registered organ donor is as easy as sipping a cup of coffee. Head over Fed Square along with your Medicare card, and show it to the team at the marquees. The friendly staff will use iPads to check your registration status, or help you sign up to the Australian Organ Donor Register. You will be given a sticker that says “I’m a registered organ donor” to wear. Show the sticker to the people at the coffee cart, and you’ll receive a free coffee of your choice.
This initiative is a part of the Great Registration Race for DonateLife Week. This event is all about encouraging 100,000 more Australians to sign up to the register. At the moment, only 22 per cent of Victorians are registered organ donors, a figure far below the national average of 35 per cent.
There are currently 1,750 Australians on the waitlist for a life-saving organ transport. Even more people are waiting for a life-changing tissue transplant.
If you’re unable to make it to Fed Square for your free coffee, but you’d still like to register, you can do so by visiting this website, or signing up through the Medicare app.
The Great Registration Race runs through July and August, with a big push for DonateLife week from Sunday July 24 to Sunday July 31.