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Carlton Media  July 13, 2017 1:25 PM

Blues News | Round 17 Grace Phillips brings you all the news from Ikon Park as the Blues prepare for Sunday's clash against the Western Bulldogs.

Carlton, along with the 17 other AFL clubs, and the AFL, in conjunction with the Australian Government have announced a joint partnership through the Organ and Tissue Authority to support DonateLife Week 2017.

In an industry first, the AFL and the Clubs will come together to support DonateLife Week, which falls across Round 20 of the 2017 season (between July 30 – August 6).

DonateLife Week aims to encourage Australians to make their donation decision count by joining the Australian Organ Donor Register online to help end the wait for the 1,400 Australians and their families waiting for a life-saving transplant.

Across Round 20 of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season a number of initiatives will be rolled out to support DonateLife Week.

New research commissioned by the Organ and Tissue Authority highlights the gap between the number of Australians willing to become an organ and tissue donor (67 per cent) and the number of registered donors (33 per cent).

While 90 per cent of Australians believe it is important that their family knows their donation decision, just 56 per cent have made a decision about becoming a donor and only 51 per cent have discussed the subject with loved ones.

Young adults aged 18-24 years are the demographic most willing to receive a life-saving transplant if needed (75 per cent) however only eight per cent of this age group have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Visit www.donatelife.gov.au for more information.