FROM this Saturday March 31 it will be organ donor awareness week across the country and a number of Irish Kidney Association volunteer collectors will be distributing organ donor cards and selling forget-me-not flower emblems (the symbol of transplantation) in towns and villages throughout Laois.
Those who wish to support the campaign can do so by visiting Portlaoise’s Dunnes Stores in the Kyle centre on Friday, March 20, ALDI on Friday, April 6 and Portlaoise town centre on Saturday, April 7. Volunteers will also be at Dunnes Stores, Mountmellick on Friday, April 6 and in Abbeyleix on Saturday, April 7.
There are over 650 people in Ireland awaiting life saving organ transplants including heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas. The focus of Organ Donor awareness week is to raise awareness about the ongoing and ever increasing demand for organ donation and transplantation and to seek support from the public to make an informed decision to carry an organ donor card.
The support programme includes the running of a 10 double room accommodation facility for patients families in the grounds of Beaumont Hospital and holiday centres in Kerry and Tramore, as well as patient aid and counseling services, patient training and rehabilitative work placement, health promotion and the provision of kidney patient information and education.
Organ donor cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 1890 543639 or freetexting the word DONOR to 50050. Visit www.ika.ie for more.