Australian Transplant Games kick off in Canberra
The selfless contribution of more than 200 organ and tissue donors has been honoured at the launch of the Australian Transplant Games in Canberra.
More than 400 transplant recipients from across Australia and New Zealand are in Canberra for the twelfth annual event.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce officially opened the games will officially open the games at the annual spring bloom festival Floriade, which named Transplant Australia as a charity.
Children who have received life-saving organ transplants took Ms Bryce on a tour through the gardens.
A "Donate Life - Thankyou Garden" features up to 100 messages from doctors, recipients and family members.
The face of this year's games is three-year-old Cordelia Whatman of Canberra who was diagnosed with liver disease shortly after birth.
Organisers hope the event will encourage more people to consider organ and tissue donation.
Transplant Australia says up to 10 people can be saved by one organ donor.
Close to 800 Australians received transplants from 200 donors last year.