Ongoing tribute for Alex

Lasting memory: Peter Aunger holds a photo of his son Alex Aunger, an 18-year-old Jervois Football Club player who passed away last year.
Lasting memory: Peter Aunger holds a photo of his son Alex Aunger, an 18-year-old Jervois Football Club player who passed away last year.

ORGAN donation awareness will be the theme of the day when the Jervois and Mypolonga football clubs clash on Saturday at Jervois Oval.

The clubs will pay tribute to Murray Bridge teenager Alex Aunger by encouraging attendees to investigate the subject of organ donation.

The 18-year-old's final act was to donate organs to six beneficiaries after he passed away of meningococcal in June last year.

Father Peter Aunger said the day was not only about encouraging people to sign up as organ donors, but also to remind families to encourage their next of kin to support their decisions.

"I'm involved at Jervois Football Club and the club thought it was a good idea to have an awareness day to remember Alex," he said.

"A lot of people have said that until this happened they hadn't given it (organ donation) a lot of consideration, and that's what this day is about.

"After seeing what happened with Alex, I think people are going to change their attitudes."

In Australia, there are currently about 1600 people on organ donation waiting lists, according to DonateLife.

DonateLife SA state medical director Sally Tideman said while 80 per cent of Australians werewilling to become organ donors, less than 60pc of families gave consent for donation to proceed.

"It's vital that you discuss your donation decision with your family and friends, even if you've registered," she said.

"Donation will only proceed with your family's consent.

"Families are much more likely to give their consent if they know your wishes."

- Details: The organ donation awareness day at will be held on Saturday at the Jervois Oval from 9am.

Lasting memory: Peter Aunger holds a photo of his son Alex Aunger, an 18-year-old Jervois Football Club player who passed away last year.

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