Podcast: The European Transplant and Dialysis Games

Two cocooners have it sewn up for pandemic celebrating 50 years of successful transplantation between them

Undeterred by the cancellation of the 2020 European Transplant & Dialysis Games which were to commence today in Dublin two kidney transplant recipients who share a combined 50 years of successful transplantation are putting their time to good use while cocooning as part of a high risk group by sewing masks for healthcare professionals and others during the Covid 19 pandemic.

This week seamstress Cathriona Charles from Mohill, Co Leitrim marked the 30th anniversary of her kidney transplant while in her neighbouring county Cavan, Rose Dalton who will mark the 20th anniversary of her transplant next month, were both sewing away making masks for their communities in the fight against Covid 19. Both mothers had planned to represent Ireland in the 2020 European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Dublin which were to be held from 2-9 August along with over 500 participants from more than 25 countries.

As a way of honouring their deceased donors they have put their time to good use while cocooning as part of a vulnerable group during the pandemic and between them have made close to 1000 reusable fabric face masks helping others and the environment!

Rose enjoys making patchwork quilts in her spare time outside working as an administrator for BT and being a caring wife and mother to her husband Chris and their 25 year old son Christopher. When Rose experienced kidney failure over two decades ago she underwent hospital dialysis treatment for just under two years. Grateful for the new lease of life she was given in the millennium year she joined Transplant Team Ireland and took part in the World Transplant Games in Canada in 2005.

In  the lead up to her participation in the games  Rose set up a fundraiser, ‘the Mullahoran Annual Walk’ for the Irish Kidney Association and the dialysis unit at Cavan Hospital which has become an annual event and has to date raised over €165,000.

Kevin McGillicuddy spoke to both of them on Thursday’s JF Show.

Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.  

The public can also support the work of the Irish Kidney Association and can Freetext KIDNEY to 50300 to donate €4. Texts cost €4, Irish Kidney Association will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278. They can also donate through the Irish Kidney Association’s website https://ika.ie/make-a-contribution/