Friday 1 September 2017 is JERSEY DAY - a national initiative organised by a DonateLife community partner, the Nathan Gremmo Community Fund, based in NSW. Nathan died tragically in 2015 and at the age of just 13 saved the lives of six people as an organ donor. Nathan's family established Jersey Day as their son's legacy, to inspire all Australians to become organ and tissue donors.
This year Jersey Day is supporting the Australian Government's national 'Make your decision count' donor registration campaign to encourage more Australians to register their donation decision at donatelife.gov.au.
It is so easy to get involved on Jersey Day:
- By wearing your favourite sporting jersey to your workplace or school on Friday 1 September to show your support for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.
- To post a photo of yourself with your colleagues or friends wearing favourite jerseys with a simple message:
On Jersey Day make your decision count. Join the Australian Organ Donor Register to save lives at donatelife.gov.au and share your decision with loved ones. #jerseyday #donatelife
Make your decision count. Register to save lives at donatelife.gov.au and share your decision with loved ones. #jerseyday #donatelife
The inspiration behind Jersey Day
In 2015 the Gremmo family's life changed forever when their eldest child Nathan, aged 13 was critically injured while crossing the road. Despite an off-duty paramedic and policewoman rushing to assist and a Care Flight trauma team and paramedics arriving shortly after, his injuries were too severe and Nathan died the next day in hospital.
Generous and loving to the end, Nathan Gremmo became an organ donor, his last and most amazing gift was to save the lives of six people – including five young adults and a baby. Hours before his death he wrote on his Instagram account, "You only live once but if you do it right once is enough".
The Gremmo family established Jersey Day as an annual day to encourage all Australians to raise awareness for the Organ and Tissue Authority and the DonateLife Network.
Thank you for your support.