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Claire Byrne urges families to discuss organ donation

Broadcaster Claire Byrne took time out (13 December) to highlight an important radio advertising awareness campaign, organised by the Irish Kidney Association, which encourages families and friends to discuss organ donation as they gather for the festive season.

Claire Byrne with Sadhbh Brown (age 4) from Mountbellew, Co. Galway who is awaiting a liver transplant, and kidney transplant recipient Tadhg McElroy (age 7) from Bray, Co. Wicklow

Claire who lent her voice to the radio advertising campaign said, “Christmas, known as a time for giving is the ideal time to discuss the gift of life that is organ donation and let your wishes be known when families and friends come together.  I would urge families to talk to each other about organ donation and keep the reminders of their willingness to donate visible by carrying the organ donor card and permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence.  I am glad to have had that important discussion with my family.”

“I feel humbled and privileged to have met organ donor families in my role as ambassador for organ donor awareness this year. I have witnessed the results of the profound legacy of donor families through the numerous truly grateful transplant recipients I have met whose lives were transformed and saved. One of the highlights of the year for me was learning that the Irish Kidney Association received over 8000 requests for organ donor cards in the week that followed the RTÉ TV documentary about the inspirational CF campaigner ‘Orla Tinsley:  The Warrior’ and the discussion that followed on ‘Claire Byrne Live’.

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