TAFE teens help raise awareness about organ donation

The first teen organ donor website in Australia is marking its second year raising awareness about the important issue.

Living Voice - Teen Organ Donor Awareness' not-for-profit site, www.livingvoice.com.au, would not have been possible without the passion of TAFE NSW Western Sydney Design teacher, Michael McPherson, who took on the challenge of encouraging his students to enter a competition to design the website.

Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman (left) TAFE student Kiara Marr (centre) and Living Voice - Teen Organ Donor Awareness president Karen West (right).

Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman (left) TAFE student Kiara Marr (centre) and Living Voice - Teen Organ Donor Awareness president Karen West (right).

TAFE student, Kiara Marr, was the winner of the competition last year.

Once again, senior art students enrolled in TAFE NSW Western Sydney and high schools West of Sydney, can be involved in a project that encourages teens to share their voice through art.

Leading up to the inaugural fundraising dinner for Living Voice - Teen Organ Donor Awareness in November, art students are invited to enter the Living Voice - Art Competition 2019.

The winning artwork will be featured on the front page of Living Voice, updating the website.

"This is a project that art students can be proud of," said Karen West, president of the organisation. "It comes with the opportunity of receiving $500 for the winning artwork and $250 for the runner-up plus a Certificate of Achievement.

"It's encouraging to see art students interested in a social issue that affects the lives of 1400 people at any one time waiting for a life-saving transplant.

"The mission of Living Voice is to educate teenagers about organ donation and encourage family conversation, and if art is the medium that is used to get the message across, we have succeeded."