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Dublin to host major organ donation sporting event

A major organ donor awareness and sporting event will be held in Dublin next year (2020)  from 2nd - 10th August, hosted by the Irish Kidney Association.  

The 11th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships were last hosted in Ireland in 2010, and at next year’s event transplant and dialysis athletes from over 25 nations, ranging from 18 to over 80 years old will descend on Dublin to celebrate life through sport.  The Championships offer participants who have either received a transplant (heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas or bone marrow) or who are undergoing dialysis treatment the opportunity to compete in a broad range of sports, playing their part in looking after their own health while also honouring their donors.  

Aoife Farrell (30) from Bray who has undergone two heart transplants and Susan Mulligan (34) from Castlerea who underwent a kidney transplant earlier this Summer.

Last Saturday, 19th October, members of the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Federation from over 22 nations gathered at the Irish Kidney Association’s Renal Support Centre at Beaumont Hospital for the launch of the event and for an inspection tour of the sporting venues; Dublin City University, the National Aquatic Centre, National Athletics Stadium, the Phoenix Park as well as Tallaght Community School and Black Bush Golf Club in Co. Meath.  The various sports include, Athletics (various track and field), Archery, Badminton, Cycling, Darts, Golf, Petanque, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Volleyball.

Mr. Colin White of the IKA and local organisation committee, said “we are so excited to be bringing the Championships back to Dublin which will involve over 500 participants.   In the nine years that followed since 2010” he said, “over 2,000 people have undergone lifesaving transplants in Ireland.  However, the number of people on dialysis has grown by 20% since then.  The Games are an important platform to showcase to the public what can be achieved when people say YES to organ donation”.

For more information on the Games contact the Irish Kidney Association or 01 6205306.   

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