Page 36 - Support Magazine Summer 2017
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                                                                 By KEVIN GALVIN

        Hello to one and all from the Offaly
           We held our annual launch for
        Organ Donor Awareness Week in the
        Tullamore Court Hotel on Thursday
        March 30th. There was a good
        turnout with a mix of dialysis and
        transplant patients, renal staff, branch
        members, invited guests and family.
           Chairman, Jerome Burke, opened
        the proceedings by welcoming
        everyone and thanking the people of
        Offaly for their generosity and
        support. He gave a brief account of
        what these monies are used for. He
        then invited the guest speakers
        beginning with Mike Kelly, IKA Renal
        Counsellor, Donor House, who gave a
        very informative talk on the
        importance of communication.
           Fintan Clooney from Birr, was next
        to speak on receiving a ‘living-related’
        transplant from his brother, Joe, and
        what it meant to him.
           Cllr. Eddie Fitzpatrick, Cathaoirleach
        Offaly County Counci, officially
        launched the week in Offaly. Cllr.
        Fitzpatrick then proceeded to present
        our annual achievement awards to St.
        Bridgid’s Credit Union, Clara; John
        Steinegger and James, Jim, Mark and
        Ted Lawlor from Lawlor Video
        Memories for their outstanding help
        and support to the branch.
           The evening ended with light

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