Launceston has been chosen to host the 2020 Australian Transplant Games, the 17th running of the event.
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is investing $200,000 into the Games through Events Tasmania. It will promote Launceston to the world and provide a major injection to the economy through the 500 people taking part in the event from interstate and overseas.
The event will run from 27 September 2020 through to 3 October 2020 and will include an opening ceremony, public activities, more than 20 sports, closing ceremony and gala dinner.
The Games are an inspirational event promoting the gift of life, giving recipients the opportunity to improve their health and fitness and the opportunity to say thank you.
The participants owe their lives to the generosity of someone else, having received a transplant organ or tissue – hearts, liver, kidneys, pancreas, corneal and heart valve.
The event demonstrates tangible benefits of donation, showing that people who were once terminally ill can resume an active lifestyle.
This event is also a wonderful opportunity to encourage Tasmanians to become organ donors.
They can do so at: www.donatelife.gov.au