Malin GAA club supports meningitis
Foundation has thanked Malin GAA for choosing it as
one of their beneficiary charities during the club's
recent Annual Sports Day.
The fundraiser was a great success with races and
family fun day raising €1,500 for the foundation.
Kathleen Doherty accepting the cheque
on behalf of the Meningitis Research Foundation
pictured with Kevin and Catherine McGeoghegan with
their children Ryan, Thomas, Shay and Eimear. Shay
suffered from meningitis but is now well on the road
to recovery. Also pictured is Paddy McLaughlin and
John Byrne (treasurer).
There are an average of
200 cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia-
the blood poisoning form of the disease in Ireland
Figures from the organisation show that one-in-ten
of those who contract the disease will die while
one-in-three survivors will be left with
life-changing after-effects such as limb amputation,
brain damage or deafness.
A spokesperson for the charity said: "Money raised
from this (Malin) event will help to fund research
into the prevention, detection and treatment of
meningitis and septicaemia and raise awareness of
the diseases amongst both the general public and
health professionals in a greater Donegal area. It
will also contribute to our freefone helpline
service that operates 365 days a year and other
support services available for local people affected
Meningitis Research Foundation is a non-government
funded organisation that relies on the generosity of
local communities and fundraising events and
donations to continue its vital work "so the charity
is extremely grateful to Malin GAA for organising
this event", the spokesperson added.
The second beneficiary - which also received €1,500
from Malin GAA - was the Jack & Jill Foundation
which supports families of children with brain
damage and intellectual disability.