Deputy Premier Roger Cook was at Warwick SHS this week to open DonateLife Week and launch the Writing for Life Competition.

DonateLife Week aims to encourage people to become registered organ donors. Mr Cook said there were about 1000 people in WA currently awaiting organ transplants.

Representatives and guests of DonateLife WA attended the opening, offering the mostly Year 7 students their emotional personal stories about organ donation.

Mr Spencer lost his wife to cancer, but her cornea gave someone the gift of sight, while children’s author and Writing for Life judge Ms Parsons explained she lived with borrowed breath thanks to a double-lung transplant.

Writing for Life is a micro-fiction writing competition that helps raise organ donor awareness. Students have a maximum of 300 words to tell their fictional organ donor story.

More than 80 Warwick students submitted entries in 2017 with five winning prizes, including Jenny Ngo (Year 9) and Alana Dooley (Year 10), who read their thought-provoking entries at the recent launch.

Head of English Ms Dawn said the competition would again be included as a class exercise for many students.

Entries for 2018 close on 21 September.

More information about organ donation is available at DonateLife WA.