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                                                   By ANGELINE COOKE/EOIN MADDEN

        Hello to everyone!
        Another national ‘Organ Donor
        Awareness Week’ is nearly upon us.
        The Galway launch of ODAW took
        place on Thursday, March 23rd in the
        Menlo Park Hotel, Galway at 8pm. We
        were delighted to once again
        welcome Pauline May, CNM, Organ
        Donation Nurse Manager for Saolta
        University Health Care Group as our
        guest speaker. Light refreshments
        were served.                        At the cheque presentation from the Corrib Hillwalking Club are (L-R): Norrie Flynn, Pat Flynn, John Farrell, Mary Flanagan,
                                            Angeline Cooke, Kevin Duffy and Frank McCann.
           Our annual ‘Mass of Remembrance
        and Thanksgiving’ for organ donors  featured Counsellor Mike Kelly and  they would make an ideal gift – or
        and their families took place in the  Professor Matt Griffin, whilst the  treat yourself!
        Church of St. John the Apostle,     second featured Dietician Orla Slevin
        Knocknacarra, Galway, on Sunday     and again Mike Kelly. They were well  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
        26th March at 12.00 noon. More      attended and very useful.             Our Galway Branch AGM will be
        about it in the next SUPPORT.         Thanks to Mike, Orla and Professor  held after ‘Organ Donor Awareness
           Galway members will have already  Griffin for giving their time.     Week’ and before April 30th. We will
        received our branch letter with details  If you have any ideas about talks or  notify you in advance, by letter. Do
        of our ODAW fundraising. We really  social events that you would like us to  please give serious consideration to
        need your help to make this ODAW a  organise, please contact Eoin, Ph:  taking an active part in running your
        success, so if you can help, in any  086-6794008.                       Association. Have you a family
        way, please contact Eoin Madden, Ph:                                    member or friend who would be
        086-6794008 or email:               ART EXHIBITION                      interested in attending our monthly                  “Anseo is Ansiúd – Here and       meetings? The only way forward for
                                            There” is Angeline Cooke's second   our branch is for new people to
        FUNDRAISING                         solo exhibition of paintings in     become involved.
           A coffee morning was held in     watercolour, oil and on silk in Renzo  Looking forward to meeting you at
        Smyth’s Service Station, Dunmore, on  Café, Eyre Street, Galway (near   one or all of our events, and to
        Friday, December 9th. ‘Thank you’ to  Debenhams). The exhibition run from  hearing from you.
        Teresa Smyth, her family, and the   March 7th to April
        people of Dunmore for their         18th. Opening night
        generosity.                         was Saturday March
           The Cumann Siúl Cois Coiribe, the  11th, proceeds going
        Corrib Hill Walking Club, raised    to IKA and the
        €1,520 for IKA through their        Dialysis Arts
        sponsored climb of Croagh Patrick, in  Programme at Merlin
        inclement weather, on January 8th.  Park Hospital.
        Many thanks to the courageous         If you are in
        walkers and their generous sponsors.  Galway any day up
                                            to Easter, do drop in
        INFORMATION AFTERNOONS              to Renzo’s for a cup
           During the year we organised two  of tea/coffee and
        information afternoons, one last April  have a look at the
        and one in October, specifically to  beautiful paintings.
        help new dialysis patients. The first  Reasonably priced,               Oil painting by Angeline Cooke
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