Run gives hope for bright future

Dajana Tesevic (24) shows off her scar from liver transplant surgery five months ago at the Neon Run.
Dajana Tesevic (24) shows off her scar from liver transplant surgery five months ago at the Neon Run.

No one could have guessed five of their members had undergone major liver transplant surgery just a few months earlier.

Floreat resident Paul Turner, who had life-saving liver transplant surgery in February, said he took part in the Neon Run at the Claremont Showground to give back to his community.

Mr Turner said he was thankful for the two donations that enabled him to be with his wife and see his daughter start university this year.

He said he hoped the Neon Run would inspire the younger generation to become organ donors.

‘It is crucial for them to understand that while they enjoy life to the full, one small decision on their part could potentially save many lives for others,’ Mr Turner said.

Liver transplant recipient and Donor Mate director Peter Chwal said the Neon Run was a chance to raise awareness and create positive attitudes about organ donation.

‘The median age of donors in Australia is 45- 50 years,’ Mr Chwal said. ‘We need the younger generation aged 16 to 35 signing up.

‘One donor can potentially save 10 lives, so it just makes sense.’