Heart for Life during DonateLife Week 2013

Melbourne Heart FC is proud to announce goalkeeper and reigning Player of the Year Clint Bolton as a Heart for Life champion for DonateLife Week 2013.

Melbourne Heart FC is proud to announce goalkeeper and reigning Player of the Year Clint Bolton as a Heart for Life champion for DonateLife Week 2013.

The former Qantas Socceroo will lead Melbourne Heart FC-s efforts to encourage all Australians to discuss organ and tissue donation, with DonateLife Week 2013 focusing on making your wish count.

Bolton will take time out from his training schedule to visit transplant recipients at the Alfred Hospital on 21st February.

“I-m proud to be involved in DonateLife Week 2013 because organ and tissue donation is an important modern day issue, and it is critical people are well informed before making a decision,” Bolton said.

“I urge our fans to make their wish count by speaking to their family members about organ and tissue donation, and inform them of their wishes.”

Heart-s partnership with the Organ and Tissue Authority will culminate in the staging of a DonateLife Week match against Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Sunday February 24.

The Melbourne Heart DonateLife Week theme match is an initiative to help promote DonateLife Week. DonateLife Week is the national awareness week, taking place from Sunday 24 to Sunday 30 February 2013, to encourage all Australians to discuss organ and tissue donation.

The Melbourne Heart FC project is funded by the Organ and Tissue Authority under the Government-s national reform agenda to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation rates.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, the Hon Catherine King, MP said “Melbourne Heart Football Club has a great following here in Melbourne and provides an excellent opportunity for us to engage with those Australians who may not yet have discussed organ and tissue donation with their family and close friends.

“This partnership provides us with another avenue to encourage Australians to ask and know their loved ones- wishes. This is important as in Australia the family of every potential donor will be asked to give the final OK ” Ms King said.

For more information on DonateLife Week 2013 please visit www.donatelife.gov.au