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Celebrating Archie’s legacy

THE legacy of Archie Green will be honoured in early August with Archie’s 100, which will be 100 minutes of exercise, followed by a family, fun-filled afternoon of entertainment.

Archie tragically passed away in a boating accident in February 2020 at the age of seven.

Due to the phenomenal treatment Archie received from emergency rescue personnel and hospital staff, the Green family were able to spend more time with him.

Out of this tragedy, Archie became an organ donor and was able to save the lives of five people.

Parents Damien and Hayley Green established Archie’s 100 to raise funds and awareness for the emergency service workers who dedicated their lives to save others, including workers from Donate Life, 000 Operations and Tasmania Ambulance Service, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Royal Hobart Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

“We’re trying to make a difference and honour his legacy through raising awareness on organ donation, and we also wanted to acknowledge the emergency services and all the people who helped with Archie’s care,” Mr Green said.

“Archie was a wonderful little kid, he loved life, he loved his friends and he loved playing with toys.

“He loved his family, he loved his cousins and he loved his little brother more than anything.”

Mr Green said he wanted to celebrate Archie’s life and acknowledge what was important to him.

“Archie used to count all the time and we used to have counting sessions in the car up to 100, which he was really good at, so that’s where the 100 name comes from,” he said.

“It’s about having some fun and doing some exercise for the day, and then after that it’s a celebration.

“We want to celebrate Archie’s life, we want to project his legacy out to the world, we want to shout his name from the rooftops.”

Donate Life state medical director Dr Andrew Turner said organ donation was a rare event, with there only being about 460 donors in Australia last year.

“This fundraiser is a way to promote that families need to have a discussion with each other about their thoughts on organ donation and putting themselves on the Australian Organ Donor Registration,” he said.

“There are about 1,700 people on the waiting list for organ donation and 1,200 people on dialysis.

“Archie has transformed the lives of five young Australians – he’s given them a second chance at life.”

Speak Up! Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson said they aimed to raise $20,000 from the first Archie’s 100.

“All funds raised will go towards the best equipment, research or patient care at the Royal’s Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit,” Mr McPherson said.

“This will allow ICU to purchase additional equipment that will go on to assist other families who may be seeking critical treatment – an initiative that we know Archie would be incredibly proud of.”

Archie’s 100 will be held at Cornelian Bay from 10am on Sunday 8 August.

To register, visit https://archies100.com.au/.

For more information, email 100forarchie@gmail.com.

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