Donor Heroes' Night

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About Donor Heroes Night

What is Donor Heroes Night?

Donor Heroes Night is a dedicated event which honours and commemorates the men, women and children of Australia who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.


As part of the night, we ask everyday Australians to show their support of organ and tissue donation by taking a photo of their porch light, and uploading it to their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and tagging @DonorFamiliesAustralia.

Who are our Donor Heroes?

Donor Heroes are people from all walks of life who have donated their organs and/or tissues so that others may live.


In Australia we honour the lives of many thousands of donor heroes who have given the gift of life and or improved life to others. They're our brothers, sisters, parents, friends and children.


You can find a list of Donor Heroes and their stories here on the Donor Families Australia website.

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How can I take part in Donor Heroes Night?

If you support organ and tissue donation, you can take part by simply adding a photo and comment of your porch light to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and tagging @DonorFamiliesAustralia on or before May 18th 2021.

What are we aiming to do?

The goal of the Donor Heroes Night is to:

  1. Honour and commemorate the lives of our donor heroes, and recognise the lives that they have saved through their generous donations.

  2. Raise awareness of organ and tissue donation in Australia, and encourage people to have conversations with their loved ones about the importance of being an organ and/or tissue donor.

In 2020, we reached 50,000 participants. Let’s see if we can reach 500,000 in 2021!

Who is Donor Families Australia?

Donor Families Australia is a national member-based independent support and advocacy group comprising families who have donated their loved ones’ organs and tissue. It's the only organisation of its kind in Australia specifically dedicated to Donor Families.

Can I give a monetary donation?

As a not-for-profit organisation, Donor Families Australia gratefully accepts monetary donations.


All donations over AUD $2.00 are tax deductible.


For more information, head to our Donation page (

Our supporters

Donor Heroes Night is proudly supported by the following organisations:

  * Aussie Transplant Mates (

 Affect Media (

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Media contact

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Mr Graham Harrison,


Media Releases

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21 April 2021

Australians asked to ‘leave a light on’ to support organ and tissue donation

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6 May 2021

Australian educators are being asked to ‘leave a light on’ in support of organ and tissue donation at 6pm on the evening of May 18, 2021.




Donor Hero Stories


Adam was a loving and social man with the biggest heart. He was always willing to help others in need.


We miss Tony every day, and we are proud that he was able to save lives by being an organ donor.

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Our son Kyall was a popular 22-year-old apprentice electrician when he was fatally injured in a car accident on 20 January 2013.

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I still remember the first time my now husband took me out for dinner. He rolled up his sleeve to show me his “buzzing” arm.

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My name is Philippa Waldron from Perth WA.   I lost my wonderful husband Peter very suddenly after 37 happy years of marriage. 


My brother, Brian, (Boof) enjoyed everything about life.

Ben Harrison

My Son

My Mate

My Donor Hero

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In early 2005, Jean, my beautiful wife, and mother of our two sons, died suddenly


In 2010, we lost our beloved mother, Maureen Kaye. We were a close-knit family of two daughters, their partners and one grandchild at the time of Mum’s passing.

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My story is about my wonderful husband, Scott.   Scott was a fit and healthy 44-year-old who loved to travel, enjoyed good food, great coffee and even better wine. He was living life to the full.


He lived life to the full and always loved to help people in need. I think it is fitting that he continued to help people as a result of his passing.

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My beautiful husband and father of our four children, Neill Openshaw, died on 1st January 2014

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Alysha (Lee) was 18 years old when she lost her life in a car accident.

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March 15th, 2016 will forever be etched into our memory as the saddest day of our lives. That was the day we were informed that my husband of 34 years and dad to our 3 children was not going to make it.

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Ben & David

The saddest day of our lives occurred on the 18th May 1993 when my wife Elayne and I had to say farewell to our 10 year old son Ben for the last time.