Strange Boat - Organ Donation Awareness


Life Affirming Run for Life Event

RTE broadcaster, Ray D’Arcy, joined transplant recipients in ‘Life Affirming’ Run for a Life event in Dublin on Saturday, 22nd May.

An eleven year old girl, Keela Smith, celebrated the 10th anniversary weekend of her life saving heart transplant by joining Ray D’Arcy and close to 500 hundred others who donned their running shoes to take part in the Irish Kidney Association’s family fun run, Run for a Life, in support of the charity’s work to promote the importance of organ donation and transplantation.

Keela from Blackrock, Cork was accompanied by her mother Orla  as they joined Ray at the start line to count down the final seconds to the run’s 2pm start time seeing off participants of all ages and levels of fitness come out in support of the event which was held at Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on Saturday 25th May.

Ray D’Arcy, the ambassador for organ donor awareness 2019, is the first national ambassador to have run in the event which is now in its eleventh year. Ray said, “It’s great to be part of a life affirming event like this. It fits perfectly with the many stories that I’ve heard about organ donation and the life changing affect they’ve had on the recipients and their families. We need to get people talking with their loved ones about organ donation... if they don’t know how you feel it’s impossible for them to make an informed decision when the unspeakable happens.”

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