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                                                             BY GERALDINE JENKINS

              SLIGO IKA BRANCH                                  Marie Fowley Nora Higgins Mare Healy Eileen Nolan

         Hello to everyone from the Sligo   ladies who participated in the      Judith is also a botanist and studied at
         branch. There has been very little  Women’s Mini-Marathon in June. The  Trinity College. Judith really loves our
         activity happening since the last  amount raised was €5100 and was     garden and said she will be very happy
         issue of SUPPORT, which was full of  divided equally between the IKA and  to look after it for us. We only require
         fundraising events. I think there  the North West Hospice. The Hospice  Judith to spend 3 to 4 hours a month
         comes a time in every branch when  donation was in memory of Colm      on average. New bulbs will be planted
         there is a noticeable lull, and new  McTernan who passed away in       this Autumn in order to flower next
         blood is needed in order to come up  September last year.              Spring. Lorely Forrester, who designed
         with fresh ideas to not only         The Strandhill Senior ladies Golf  our garden, recently informed us that
         fundraise, but more importantly to  Club raised €305 by holding a Golf  she loves the fact that anytime she
         keep highlighting the importance of  Classic event in June. Many thanks to  visits the garden, members of the
         organ donation.                    Nora Higgins and her friend Marie   public stop to talk to her and always
            I distribute donor cards to all the  Healy (Club Treasurer) for organising  comment how beautiful and well
         chemists in Sligo town but only a  the fundraiser.                     maintained the garden is.
         few of them give the cards adequate
         counter space. Quite often when I  LOURDES                             BRANCH MEETINGS
         visit some of the chemists the donor  In August, three of our dialysis   Our monthly meetings take place
         cards are under the counter.       patients visited Lourdes. They travelled  on the first Tuesday of the month and
            Our local Credit Union very kindly  with the Elphin Diocese and really  commence at 8pm in The Sligo Park
         allow me to leave the cards on the  enjoyed the experience.            Hotel. We are always appealing for
         counter where their members fill in                                    new members so, if any of our readers
         their payment slips which is why I  FACEBOOK                           or their family members would be
         top up the cards there frequently.   Our page (Sligo IKA Branch) was set  interested in joining us, please contact
                                            up in August 2011. All our branch   me on 086-0873552, email
         CONDOLENCES                        events, fundraising amounts, photos or,
            Our sincere sympathies to our   and donations to date can be seen by  alternatively, I can be contacted on
         committee member Ita Leyden on     visiting this page. Sligo was the first  our branch Facebook page titled Sligo
         the passing of her husband Michael  branch in Ireland to set up a Facebook  IKA Branch.
         who was also a committee member    page apart from Head Office. Since
         and a dialysis patient. Our branch  then many of the branches have set
         meeting which was due to take      up pages and it is great to see them
         place in September, after the      sharing what they do, as this can help
         summer break, was postponed as a   form ideas for other branch users to
         mark of respect to the Leyden      use in the future. Facebook is such a
         family.                            powerful tool for advertising,
                                            promoting and highlighting the ‘Gift
         FUNDRAISING                        of Life’ organ donor card, branch
            The Geevagh Honda 50 Club Run   fundraising and any activities that
         which took place on Sunday June    have taken place as well as any
         18th raised €3380. Our heartfelt   upcoming events.
         thanks is extended to the club and
         all involved in any way.           GARDEN
            Once again Ena Feeney, from       We are delighted to welcome
         Ballygawley, organised a group of  Judith Wolff as our new gardener.                Judith Wolff
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