WA Writing for Life 2017
Writing for Life 2017
Right now in Australia, some 1300 people wait and wish for a second chance at life. Many will have their lives transformed by the precious gift of organ and tissue donation. Sadly, some will also die waiting.
The Writing for Life young writer’s micro-fiction competition was created to give a voice to vulnerable Western Australian’s who need our help. The competition’s aim was to inspire young teenagers to help us make a difference and that their creativity and passion will raise the level of conscious thinking about organ and tissue donation within their families and local communities across the state.
DonateLife WA invited students in years 7-12 enrolled in schools across Western Australia to use their creativity to raise awareness of this issue and put themselves in the running for both recognition and great prizes.
Twenty five schools participated in this year’s competition which also included mature aged students and students taking English as a Second Language (ESL) from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus.
Twenty seven students made it to the finals and the winners of the 2017 competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on Tuesday 14th November in front of teachers, family and friends at the City of Perth Library. The winners were announced by the Honourable Samantha Rowe, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training and Member for East Metropolitan Region. Gift vouchers of $350 first prize, $100 second prize and $50 third prize, were awarded through the generous partnership with DonorMate who provided the $2000 prize pool.
In the lead up to the National Thankyou Day on Sunday 19th November, over 100 guests at the ceremony heard from speaker Lizzie Ferguson; a 15 year old liver transplant recipient from Perth, who underwent two liver transplants: One in 2011 and another in 2015 and has been so well now that she says her recovery has been “truly amazing”.
No photo – could not attend the ceremony
Winners ESL/Mature aged:
Brenda Alves Bezerra accepts on Drhys Ranson’s behalf
Warwick Senior High - The Most entries from any one school (87)
Jenny Duggan and Nicole Temov – English Teacher, Warwick SHS
Merredin College - The Most entries from any regional school (28)
Jenny Duggan and Julie Tiller - Head of English, Merredin College
A big Thankyou to the Judges for 2017
Nadia King, Brigid Lowry and Sandi Parsons
Look out for next year’s WA competition which will be launched during DonateLife Week 2018 (Sunday 29 July – Sunday 5 August).
Thank you to all the teachers, students and principals who strongly supported this year’s competition.