‘Tick and Tell’ Organ Donation Awareness Debut Event
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have joined together in a unique partnership to help highlight organ donation awareness. The event will be taking place in Newry Town Hall on Friday 18 May 2018 from 7pm to 9pm.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “This unique event is the first of its kind in the district and demonstrates further commitment from the Council in building good relations with the Health and Social Care Trusts and promoting good health and wellbeing.”
Cllr Mulgrew continued, “The message on the night will be easy and clear. Simply ‘tick and tell’. People will be asked to tick against an organ donation list and tell their family and friends about their views on organ donation. Also on the night, there will be presentations from medical and nursing staff who are part of clinical teams working in the field of organ donation, as well as, representatives from families who have received organs and family members of those who have donated organs. Information will be available on how to sign up to become a donor and the night will conclude with light refreshments.”
Cllr Mulgrew concluded, “Over 200 people in the North of Ireland are currently waiting for an organ donation. Last year 15 people died while on the waiting list. These are shocking statistics which can so easily be addressed. I hope the event will be attended by everyone involved in sporting clubs, schools, community associations, businesses, and individuals.”