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She lived her life to the fullest

Melody's family
Photo of Melody after graduating from University with her certificate
Melody's wishes were followed once we knew of her registration to be an organ donor.

Melody worked as a Photo-media Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Australia and was on the threshold of a promising career when her life was tragically cut short. She had always lived life to the full and had a passionate interest in art history which was her honours thesis. She was also a practitioner in the fields of pottery, music, writing mixed media, jewellery making and artistic photography.

David and Robyn's daughter died as a result of a motor vehicle accident near Boorowa NSW as she was returning home to Cowra on Christmas Eve.

The wishes of Melody were followed once we were informed of her registration to be an organ donor. Melody wished to give back to other people in their time of need and her gift of life was able to save the lives of three people. David felt the overwhelming need to do something to both honour his daughter and start conversations about organ donor awareness. Melody's gift inspired his motorcycle bike ride which he hopes will inform the public of important issues relating to organ and tissue transplantation in Australia.

The Organ Donation Awareness Ride (ODAR) has travelled about 5000km through New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

As I rode through cities, country centres and small rural townships, sometimes alone, sometimes with others, I felt it was important to stop as often as possible to talk to people about organ donation and its implications from the point of view of a father who has had that experience. To me it was vital to impress on the people I met about the importance of ensuring their families understand their decision and respect their wish to be organ donors should they be placed in the position I was. 

Nicky Burton