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Coffee leads to conversations about organ donation

26 July 2021


Wellbean Co café barista Casey Urquhart and Toowoomba Hospital’s nurse Liz Hill are hoping more people have a conversation about organ and tissue donation during DonateLife week.

It may not be an easy conversation, but Toowoomba Hospital’s Liz Hill is hoping a simple message on a coffee cup will get people talking more about organ and tissue donation.

“Having a conversation about organ and tissue donation with your loved ones during your lifetime is important,” Ms Hill said.

“It’s an opportunity to let your wishes be known.”

To mark DonateLife Week (25 July to 1 August), Ms Hill has organised for special promotional coffee cups to serve up your favourite brew at several local cafes.

“The cups are a conversation starter which I hope will lead to more people registering their interest to become donors,” Ms Hill said.

“Registration is easy, and it takes less than a minute. All you need is your Medicare card number.

“Registering your decision can ensure your loved ones can honour your final wishes.”

The coffee cups also have a QR code which leads straight to the organ and tissue donor registry.

Dubbed the Great Australian Registration Race, the nation-wide initiative is aimed at registering an extra 100,000 Australians.

Keep an eye out for the DonateLife coffee cups at Jamaica Blue at both Grand Central Shopping Centre and The Ridge Shopping Centre (Hume Street), Wendland Fine Foods (Bridge Street), as well as the Wellbean Co cafes at Toowoomba Hospital and Baillie Henderson Hospital.

Around 1,800 Australians are currently on the waiting list for a live-saving transplant.

For more information about registering as a donor visit donatelife.gov.au/register

Last updated: 2 August 2021