Shining a light on an important issue
Published at: 02 Aug 2019
GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH AND LENDLEASE’S ENORMOUS CRANE, LILYSHAY, IS SHINING BRIGHT THIS DONATELIFE WEEK.
Kicking off on July 28 and running until August 4, the week raises awareness of organ donation.
Fittingly, Lilyshay has turned bright magenta to reflect the DonateLife colouring — given the story behind how the crane was named.
In February this year, Airport West’s Lily Shay Crane was dubbed the winner of the competition to name the crane, towering high over GV Health’s redevelopment.
At the time, Lily’s father Gregg Crane explained their connection to the area and GV Health.
“While we live in Airport West, our families are from Ardmona and Nathalia and so we visit Shepparton all the time...both Lily and (her brother) Jacob have been to Shepparton countless times and obviously the hospital has played a big part in our family and the community over a long time,” he said.
Mr Crane said Lily’s middle name also held special meaning for the family, after Lily’s uncle Shay Illess died at GV Health following a car accident in Mooroopna in 2002.
Following his death, several of his organs were donated to people in need. Lily addressed this in her competition entry form, saying it was the reason why she thought GV Health’s newest crane should be called Lilyshay.
Lilyshay joins several national landmarks — including Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall and Story Bridge in Brisbane — that have also been lit up in the colour synonymous with DonateLife Week, to shine a light on the issue.