Title

Education Student, National Face of DonateWest

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 10-22-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Sarah Quinn, an Education student at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle has become the national face for DonateWest, a Western Australian (WA) agency that promotes organ donation.

Ms Quinn, who is majoring in Special Needs Primary Education, has Cystic Fibrosis, and at the age of 17 received a double lung transplant.

“People that I knew started asking me to speak at functions around Perth telling my story. Late last year I sent DonateWest an email letting them know I was available for talks and now it has snowballed to a national level,” said Ms Quinn.

She said she agreed to become the face of DonateWest to spread the word on the importance of organ donation.

“Organ donation is something that people generally don’t discuss, so if I can manage to get someone to tell their loved ones that they would like to be a donor then it is all worth it,” said Ms Quinn.

In her new role, Ms Quinn has appeared in commercials, on television and has met with the Federal Minister for Health, Tony Abbott. She is also on the board of Cystic Fibrosis Australia and Cystic Fibrosis WA.

Last week she flew to Melbourne to appear on the breakfast program Mornings with Kerri-Anne.

“It has been fantastic to collaborate with some wonderful people at the very top of their field. This experience is teaching me to look outside my own perspective as an organ recipient and young person with Cystic Fibrosis and see things from other people’s perspective,” said Ms Quinn.

Media contact:

Moira Saunders
08 9433 0611, 0408 959 138