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A Message from the National Chairman – 17th December 2013

The recent revelations about HSE funded Section 38  organisations has rocked our charity sector. I wish to  reassure you that the Irish Kidney Association’s 13
full-time and part-time staff do not receive extra  payments, of any kind, from any sources. We are a Company  Limited by guarantee and as  and as such we      are regulated by an Auditor. We are subscribers and compliant with the Voluntary Fundraising Guidelines devised by the Irish Charities Tax Regulator (ICTR). We are examining our Association and we think minor adjustments may be required in order to be compliant with the new Voluntary Governance Code of Practice for Charitable Organisations in Ireland. In time, when the Charity Regulators Office is established, we expect the code to become mandatory. We do not wish to wait, and believe it is in the best interest of our members that the IKA
adopt the code as soon as we can.

All salaries in the organisation are decided by the three Honorary Officers of the Association (of which I am one) and the Chief Executive. At this time, I think it is prudent to clarify the salary of the Chief Executive. His salary, after 14 years service is €98,382.

It should be noted that the extensive international work conducted by the Chief Executive is on a voluntary basis. He is active in the management of a number of organisations including the European Kidney Patients Federation (CEAPIR), The European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA) and the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Federation (ETDSF). He previously helped manage the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) and the World Transplants Games Federation (WTGF) and still represents the IKA in those organisations.

I would like to take the opportunity, in this festive season, to thank most sincerely those who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to support the work of the IKA. In these very hard times we have to thank the general public for their support during the year. The backbone of the Association are our 25 branches and we have to thank our members and volunteers for all their hard work for renal patients during the year. Demands on our resources have never been greater and it is through all your hard work that we are able to
meet them.

At Christmas donor families are never far from our thoughts because their gift – the ‘gift of life’ is the spirit of Christmas. Did you bring a candle home from this year’s Service of  remembrance and Thanksgiving? If so, do light it at Christmas and  remember donor families and their loved ones.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to wish each and everyone a happy and joyous Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.
STEPHEN O’SULLIVAN

ps. Further financial information can be obtained on the editorial pages of the Winter 2013 Support Magazine and the Annual Accounts 2012.

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