Beachgoers at Bondi last Saturday March 17th shared the sand with a different kind of tourist — about 40 cattle, brought to the city to raise awareness about the health challenges facing people living in regional areas.
When it comes to organ failure and transplantation, regional Australians are seriously disadvantaged.
Organ transplants must happen quickly, and many people on the waiting list in regional areas simply can’t get to city hospitals fast enough.
Last year, there were less than 500 organ donors nationally. Their organs helped save the lives of around around 1400 patients, but a further 1500 people were left on the waiting list.
About a third of those waiting for organs live in regional areas and relocating to larger cities for transplantation and recovery comes at significant expense.
The “Herd of Hope” at Bondi brought recipients, donors, and their families together for a morning of unique cattle-mustering and awareness-raising.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) proudly supported the Herd of Hope (HoH) event, sponsoring three of the 40 animals mustered on the sand.
HoH is working with the Organ and Tissue authority to improve the support services available to donor families. Money raised will assist in establishing specialised grief camps for children affected through organ donation.