BONE and tissue bank PlusLife is the beneficiary of a $15,500 donation from St John of God (SJOG) Murdoch after it was named the hospital’s charity of the year.
PlusLife was nominated by a SJOG staff member who works in theatre utilising human bone and tissue grafts for orthopaedic patients undergoing spine, hip and joint surgery.
SJOG director of mission Colin Keogh said PlusLife had been chosen as the recipient after a rigorous selection process.
“Dedicated medical teams at St John of God Murdoch perform many orthopaedic procedures each year and our patients benefit greatly from the service provided by PlusLife,” Mr Keogh said.
“At the same time, we are aware that PlusLife does not have a high community profile yet their work makes a very real difference to the lives of many of our patients.”
The money was raised through several events, including the hospital’s annual ball, raffles, special lunch days, ward and department fundraisers and a Carols by Candlelight event.
PlusLife managing director Anne Cowie welcomed the funding and said it acknowledged the immense benefits that tissue and bone donations made to the lives of West Australians.
She said one tissue donor had the potential to improve the wellbeing, sight and mobility of up to 60 people but that many people did not realise tissue donation was even possible.
PlusLife bone and tissue transplants are required almost every day to treat patients with spinal deformities, young people with bone cancers, often preventing the amputation of a limb, and many more patients with arthritic joint disease and sporting injuries.
Register as a tissue or organ donor at www.donatelife.gov.au