Dungiven GAA clubs ‘Opt for Life’ weekend event

All Ireland winner and Dungiven man Joe Brolly will speak at a special ‘organ donation support’ day in the town this weekend ganised by the local GAA clubs.

James McMacken, vice chairperson of Kevin Lynch Hurling Club and PRO for St. Canice’s GAC, says: “We have asked all sporting clubs and non-sporting clubs in the parish to help support this,” James told the ‘Journal’ yesterday. “The hurling club is planning the support day on 25th May, and we are doing this to support Joe Brolly and the ongoing ‘Opt for Life’ campaign. While the hurling club is going to be the base for the day, we hope to get all the clubs and community groups in the town on board.”

Joe Brolly, who donated a kidney to a friend, is appealing to the public to support his Opt For Life campaign.Under the scheme people would not need to carry organ donor cards. Each person would become a potential organ donor at death unless they chose to opt out.Last year, the former Derry player donated a kidney to fellow coach at St Brigid’s GAC in Belfast, Shane Finnegan (40). Unfortunately the kidney failed, but Joe became deeply involved in the ‘Opt For Life’ campaign. During the support day in Dungiven. All groups meet at Kevin Lynch Park at 11am for a fun walk at 11.15am around the Black Bog. Noon will signal refreshments for all participants, and Joe Brolly will speak about the ‘Opt for Life’ campaign for 10 minutes. Following that there will be an opportunity for participants to sign up at stations with leaflets and advice available to discuss the processes involved.

“This is roughly how we hope the morning will pan out, although only allowing 10 minutes for Joe to talk may be optimistic!” said Mr. McMacken. “It is a great cause. Hopefully the community will get behind it. If anyone has queries contact any member of the hurling club committee for more information.”