SHS teacher Mrs A McElhinney and students, Lucia Morgan and Molly Gregory had the privilege of recently attending a ‘Tick and Tell’ event, organised by Newry, Mourne & District Down Council in order to raise awareness of organ donation and in conjunction with the Chairperson’s charitable theme of ‘Supporting Health and Wellbeing.’
Mr Shane Devlin, Chief Executive, Southern Health and Social Services Trust gave the opening address followed by informative presentations from leading doctors in the field of organ donation (Dr Chris Clarke & Dr Neal Morgan).
Cllr Mulgrew highlighted the need for people to ‘Tick and Tell’ – “Over 200 people in the North of Ireland are currently waiting for an organ donation, while last year 15 people died while on the waiting list. These are shocking statistics which can so easily be addressed.”
Councillor Roisin Mulgrew continued – “We need to tick the organ donation box and tell family and friends about our views on organ donation.”
The family of a lady who had donated her organs gave an emotive account of their experience and a donor recipient gave his view on receiving a kidney transplant and how it had changed his life for the better.
It was a privilege to hear such testimonies and a pleasure to hear how the charitable organisation – Braveheart NI – supports families in similar circumstances.
For further information on organ donation and how to donate visit: www.southerntrust.hscni.net