Writing for Life competition launches at Warwick Senior High School

Health Minister Roger Cook launched the Writing for Life competition this week at Warwick Senior High School.
Health Minister Roger Cook launched the Writing for Life competition this week at Warwick Senior High School.

SCHOOL students are encouraged to write for their life and step into the minds of someone waiting and hoping to receive an organ transplant.

The Writing for Life competition was launched this week at Warwick Senior HS to inspire and raise awareness of organ and tissue donation.

Launched by Health Minister Roger Cook during DonateLife Week, the competition uses creativity and passion to educate and make people aware of the need for donors.

Currently there are 1400 Australians listed on the organ transplant surgery waiting list, and a further 11,000 people on dialysis, of which many would benefit from a kidney transplant.

According to the WA Health Department, the gift of organ and tissue donation gives recipients a second chance at experiencing all of the love, joy and adventure that life has to offer.

Mr Cook said this was the third year the competition had run, with 185 WA high school students entered last year.

Prizes worth $2000 will be presented to the winners, which were donated by Donor Mate’s Geoff Spencer in memory of his wife Ros, who became an organ donor.

Winners will be awarded in four categories: 12-13, 14-15, 16-18 year-olds and students who are studying English as a second language, with prizes presented on National DonateLife Thankyou Day on November 18.