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                                              By SIOBHÁN BATES

                                            Eleven year old Patrick Lee McGinley (second from left) from Casheleenan, and a pupil of Scoil Cholmchille, Termon, with his
                                            younger brother, Michael Owen, and his mother Dolores, at the renal unit of Letterkenny University Hospital to present a
                                            cheque to Geraldine McGrory, CSM of the Dialysis Unit, and Siobhan and George Bates, Chairperson and PRO respectfully,
                                            of the Donegal branch of the IKA.
                                               Many thanks to all those         aunt who was a patient on dialysis in
                                            fundraisers from the Donegal branch,  Letterkenny. Patrick Lee raised a
                                            whose efforts are appreciated. To all  fantastic sum of €2,565.
                                            who participated in the New Year      Ann McGonigle, from the
                                            swim, at Rathmullen beach, and sent  Glendowan Craft Studio, Meentagh
                                            monies raised to head office in Dublin  Glen, Clonmany, who never forgets us
                                            we thank you.                       and who, once again, hosted another
                                               Thanks also to Darragh McClafferty  music afternoon of ceol agus craic,
                                            and family, at the Beach Hotel in   and raised €221. ‘Thank you’ to one
                                            Downing’s, for organising a fancy   and all.
                                            dress for the Donegal branch €390.    Thanks also to all who supported
        Hello everyone.                     was raised.                         the branch by buying Christmas
           By the time you are reading this    A great big thanks goes out to was greatly appreciated.
        you will have all received your letters  Patrick Lee McGinley from Termon for  A big congratulations to Alister and
        from Mark Murphy, Chief Executive of  organising a head shave for his late  Fiona Black. Alister donated a kidney
        the Irish Kidney Association, asking                                    to his lovely wife, Fiona, and both are
        you all to spare a few hours during                                     doing well.
        ‘Organ Donor Awareness Week’. All                                         A few days prior to this event
        help is needed and greatly                                              Fiona’s brother, John Kelly, got a call
        appreciated.                                                            for his kidney transplant. Fantastic
           All Aldi stores’ in Donegal’ are                                     celebrations for health and happiness
        permitted to collect on Saturday, 8th                                   to you all. Congratulations also to all
        April. Stores are located in                                            those who received the ‘gift of life’.
        Letterkenny, Donegal town,                                                Our condolences to all who have
        Ballybofey, Buncranna and Dungloe so                                    lost a loved one. May their souls rest
        do please help out in your area.                                        in peace.
           Churchgate collections are taking                                      Hello to everyone in our dialysis
        place on the weekend of April 16th                                      units, the nurses, doctors and all
        and 17th at all Masses. Would                                           involved in our renal care and ‘thank
        everyone please check that their                                        you’ to all in the Renal Support
        parishes and Mass are covered and if                                    Centre, in Beaumont,for facilitating all
        you need help or churchgate posters                                     of our Donegal patients when they are
        and collection buckets (permit has                                      attending their appointments in
        been granted), you can contact me at                                    Dublin.
        anytime.                            Above: Darragh McClafferty and George Bates  Slán go foìl...
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