Hundreds of people turned out for the Irish Kidney Association’s ‘Run for a Life’ family fun run at Corkagh Park in Dublin in support of organ donation and to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association.
Young and old transplant recipients were joined by their families and friends in the event which celebrates the ‘gift of life’ and aims to raise awareness about the vital importance of organ donation and transplantation.
The cause has particular significance to kidney transplant recipient Cathriona Charles from Mohill who volunteered with taking registrations at the family fun run along with her husband James.
Cathriona is celebrating 25 years since receiving her life changing kidney transplant which made it possible for the couple to have two healthy children who are now grown up. Cathriona is the secretary of the Leitrim branch of the Irish Kidney Association.
One of the oldest transplant recipients to register for this year’s Run for a Life was 68 year old Philip Kavanagh from Arklow who received his liver transplant in 2008.
Run for a Life Race Organiser, Colin White explained, “Our annual Run for a Life which is now in its seventh year is a great day out for all of the family. The Irish Kidney Association sees this event as a positive way to promote organ donor awareness. We are looking to encourage the public to think about it, talk about it and make a commitment to organ donation.
“The support of families who have been touched by organ failure in helping us to promote the event is very much appreciated. All of this is underpinned by the continued support of event sponsor, Astellas Pharma,” he noted this week.
For organ donor cards Freetext DONOR to 50050 or visit website www.ika.ie/card It is also possible to download an organ donor card on smartphones by searching for ‘Donor ECard’ at the iphone store or Google Play Store.
Your wishes to be an organ donor can also be included on the new format driving licence.