Press Release

Minister Áine Brady T.D. launches Organ Donor Awareness Week 2010

Áine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, today (23rd March 2010), on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association, officially launched “Organ Donor Awareness Week 2010”.

The annual life saving awareness campaign highlights to the public the plight of people with organ failure and the ongoing need for organ donation for transplantation, encouraging more people to make an informed decision to carry an organ donor card and to donate their organs in the event of their untimely death.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Brady said “I would like to take the opportunity today to encourage everyone to carry an organ donor card and to discuss their decision on organ donation with their loved ones. According to a 2006 Eurobarometer survey, only 41% of European citizens have discussed organ donation within their families and I would like to see a significant improvement in this figure. Organ donation has great potential to save lives and to increase the quality of life for patients but it is entirely dependent on the generosity of others.”

The Minister continued, “I think that we all realise that raising the subject of organ donation can be very difficult for families when a loved one is critically ill or has just passed away. However, the families of those patients waiting for a transplant are also facing very difficult circumstances and the gift of an organ donation can potentially save another life.”

There are currently 600 people in Ireland awaiting life saving transplant operations.