It was announced over the weekend that Melbourne will host the 2014 Australian Transplant Games.
Designed as a way for transplant recipients of all ages, donor families, living donors and the doctors and nurses who helped them to celebrate "the life-giving gift of organ transplantation", the Transplant Games have been going for 26 years.
Fittingly, 2014 will mark the 14th time they have been held.
Melbourne was actually the first city to host the Transplant Games all the way back in 1988. Other hosts over the years have included Shepparton, Ballarat and Geelong.
Health Minister David Davis revealed that around 1,500 competitors from across Australia will be taking part between September 26 and October 4 next year.
Mr Davis said this biennial event is a fantastic way to show the life-changing impact a successful transplantation can have on an individual and their family.
The Transplant Games will hopefully spark discussions about organ and tissue transplantation among Australians.
"Organ donation is an opportunity to give someone – a child, a neighbour, a friend or a sibling – a second chance at life," said Mr Davis in a July 7 statement.
"I urge each and every Victorian to consider donating their organs and discussing their wishes with family and friends."
He added that many lives can be saved by a single organ donor. There are currently 1,600 Australians waiting for urgent transplants, so deciding to become a donor now could save a life.
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The Victorian government is providing $335,000 to support the Transplant Games – and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
An additional $20.8 million has been allocated to support "increased transplantation and retrieval services in Victoria" over the next four years.
"Victoria has the highest rate of organ donation in Australia," announced Mr Davis, "however, we know we can, and must, do more to raise awareness and encourage people to consider donating their organs".
This extra funding, as well as the Australian Transplant Games, should go a long way toward doing just that.
"These games continue to be a living example of what organ donation achieves and an example of what the gift of life can really mean for individuals, their families and loved ones," said Mr Davis.