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                                                              By HELEN O’SULLIVAN

         Happy Christmas to all our readers,
         members and friends. It has been
         another busy year for the branch and
         our many volunteers throughout the
         county. The work of the branch is
         never done and the officers are
         constantly striving to benefit those
         patients, in the Cork area, suffering
         from End Stage Kidney Failure. As a
         patient advocate group our sole aim is
         to look after their interests.
                                                       Ken Savage and Sean Burton from Musgraves present the cheque to Margo McCarthy
         A LOOK BACK AT 2016                                                    INFORMATION DAY
           Our year has been hectic as normal.                                    On Saturday October 8th we held
         We have participated in talks with                                     our bi-annual Information Day. This
         Medical Students in UCC, in schools                                    year we were privileged to have five
         all over the county and in industry as                                 excellent speakers. A large number
         well.  At each of these talks we have                                  attended both the morning and
         been promoting organ donor                                             afternoon sessions.
         awareness and giving personal                                            Nurse Eileen Phelan spoke on the
         experiences to emphasise the                                           benefits of home dialysis and the
         importance of organ donation.                                          various types of dialysis available to
           We were privileged to have a stand                                   patients. Peter Pardoe and Harry Ward
         at the Independence Music Festival in                                  spoke on the ‘Wellness’ Programme.
         Mitchelstown, where volunteers had                                     They explained how the programme
         the opportunity to speak to a very                                     works and the benefits to patients and
         young audience.                                                        to those suffering from a chronic
           Our first Golf Classic was held in  to expand this area into a little  illness.
         July.  We were delighted with the  Garden of Remembrance.                Regina Reynolds brought us right
         response we received from sponsors   Well done to our branch members,  through the transplantation process.
         and golfers alike. Once again we had  Siobhan Buckley and her husband  This was a fascinating and informative
         a very successful day promoting organ  Aidan who held two very successful  presentation both for those who have
         donor awareness.                   coffee mornings earlier this year. Your  been transplanted and those waiting
           One of our highlights of the year  efforts are much appreciated.     for that magic call. Regina explained
         was when one of our members, Eilish  We also held our annual BBQ       what happens from the moment they
         Leader, whose father Padraig is a  which was well supported, and the   get a call from a donor hospital to the
         transplant recipient, swam the English  weather was reasonably kind to us.  time the patient is transplanted.
         Channel to raise funds and promote   In July Dr. Sinead Kinsella passed  Dr. Catherine Gleeson spoke on the
         organ donor awareness. Eilish and her  away. Sinead was a wonderful doctor  importance of skin care before and
         fellow swimmers received both local  and a wonderful friend to all who  after transplantation. This presentation
         and national coverage during the   knew her.                           had generated a lot of interest and
         preparations and the swim itself.    The branch provided 170 sets of   Catherine certainly gave everybody
           A tree was planted in Mallow to  earphones for the patients in the   present plenty to think about, from
         start Organ Donor Awareness Week.  dialysis ward, and they were recently  explaining the different types of skin
         The tree was to say ‘thank you’ to all  delivered to the ward.         cancers to advice on the use of sun
         of those families who have made the  Margo McCarthy, our Treasurer,    protection. This was information
         decision to donate organs. We were  was presented with a cheque for    everyone could benefit from, not just
         very privileged on the day, to have  €1,400 which was raised by        renal patients.
         some pretty special families with us. It  Musgrave’s Cycle Group in      Dr. Liam Plant finished the day off
         is hoped that in time we may be able  September.                       with a presentation on what is coming
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