Lifesavers in race to save lives
TWO local lifesavers will take part in the famous Molokai-Oahu race in Hawaii in July to raise awareness of organ donation, saying they are driven by the fact a close friend needs a replacement kidney.
Newport and Narrabeen SLSC member Dean Storey and Newport SLSC member Michael Kiernan will take part in the 55km paddle board race on July 25.
Mr Storey says his inspiration is his close friend and former ironman Pete McInnes, who needs a new kidney and has to undergo dialysis three times a week.
“That’s quite an experience for anyone to have to go through,” he said. “He’s been in need of a new kidney for a few years now.”
Mr Storey said his friend’s situation was what opened his eyes to the importance of organ donation.
“Many people don’t realise that their family must give approval before organs can be donated, regardless of whether it’s listed on their driver’s licence or on the organ donation register,” he said.
“If you’re interested in being an organ donor, make sure your family is aware of your wishes.”
Mr Storey said he was particularly keen to raise awareness of organ donation among members of the lifesaving movement.
He and Mr Kiernan will also be raising money for CanTeen, which supports young people with cancer and their families.