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we are all delighted that she is willing to take
                                                             part in our Organ Donor Awareness Campaigns.
                                                             The 2018 week commences on Holy Saturday
                                                             March 31st – Saturday April 7th.
                                                                2017 has, thankfully, seen the financial
                                                             fortunes of the Association turn around after
                                                             many years of deficits in our accounts. Indeed,
                                                             there are many people generous in
                                                             remembering the IKA in wills and particularly so
                                                             in 2017.
                                                                Thanks, of course, goes to all the fundraising
                                                             that happens locally across the country, within
                                                             the branches of the Association. We are all
                       Vivienne Traynor and Luke Herlihy     conscious that the branches are the cornerstone
                                                             of our organisation in the support and advocacy
        Donor Foundation. Their ‘Circle of Life’ Garden      they provide to the patients and families.
        in Salthill, Galway is a “must see” initiative  for  Enormous gratitude is extended to all the
        all transplant recipients. It was the location for   volunteers who provide invaluable services to
        the recent event celebrating fifty years since the   their fellow patients.
        world’s first heart transplant.                         May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the
           I would like to pay a special tribute to          staff and myself, to thank all the members of
        Vivienne Traynor who has been the IKA                the IKA and the medical professionals, doctors,
        Ambassador for organ donation for the last two       nurses, the auxiliary staff across the country and
        years. Vivienne attended every time she was          wish you all a happy Christmas and a peaceful
        asked and did countless interviews. As you can       and healthy New Year.
        see from the front cover she was more than
        willing to do photo shoots at short notice. This
        photoshoot, in the grounds of RTE, was taken
        at the same time as Vivienne was recording the
        IKA Christmas radio advert, asking families
        while they are together at Christmas to discuss
        organ donation.
           Our new media Ambassador for 2018 I can
        now announce is TV Presenter, Claire Byrne and                                       MARK MURPHY


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         12 ‘GIFT OF LIFE’

         14 “BETTER HEALTH, BETTER LIVING”


         15 21st WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES

         27 SPORTS PROGRAMME 2018


         28 AROUND THE BRANCHES

         31 EDITH SURVEY


         62 RENAL SUPPORT CENTRE

         63 MEMBERSHIP FORM


         64 BRANCH SECRETARIES                                                 MALAGA, SPAIN         June 25th – July 2nd


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