John is Honorary Chair­man of Ir­ish Kid­neyAs­so­ci­a­tion

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

BRAY MAN John Whe­lan has been ap­pointed as Na­tional Honorary Chair­man to the Ir­ish Kid­ney As­so­ci­a­tion.

John, who un­der­went a kid­ney trans­plant in 2008, has been a mem­ber of the Ir­ish Kid­ney As­so­ci­a­tion since 2006 when he and his wife Una joined the East Dublin and Wick­low branch fol­low­ing his di­ag­no­sis of end-stage re­nal fail­ure and his com­mence­ment in 2006 of dial­y­sis treat­ment. They be­came ac­tively in­volved in the lo­cal branch and John was elected branch chair­man in 2010, hav­ing been elected to the Na­tional Board in the pre­vi­ous year, af­ter un­der­go­ing his de­ceased donor kid­ney trans­plant.

A na­tive of Wex­ford, John has lived in Bray for the past 39 years.

He is a bar­ris­ter and Se­nior Coun­sel by pro­fes­sion and, al­though now re­tired, still en­gages in the oc­ca­sional prac­tice of law. Over the past few years he served as le­gal ad­viser to the board of Self Help Africa and as­sisted in its merger with Gorta.

‘I am grat­i­fied and hum­bled to have been elected to lead the Ir­ish Kid­ney As­so­ci­a­tion over the next two years,’ said John.

‘I be­lieve the as­so­ci­a­tion has a vi­tal role to play in con­junc­tion with the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion in pro­mot­ing the over­all wel­fare of those suf­fer­ing from re­nal fail­ure. My fo­cus will be pri­mar­ily the well-be­ing of the pa­tient, and my aim will be to help the As­so­ci­a­tion to grow and to progress its es­sen­tial work in the care and sup­port of re­nal pa­tients.

‘ The whole ques­tion of con­sent to or­gan do­na­tion has been a live is­sue over the past num­ber of years and there have been vary­ing view­points on how to pro­mote and ad­vance the level of do­na­tion. I be­lieve that the key to progress in this re­gard is not through leg­is­la­tion but through de­vel­op­ing the in­fra­struc­ture and the train­ing and plac­ing of more or­gan donor co­or­di­na­tors in hos­pi­tal in­ten­sive care units.

Bray’s John Whe­lan will as­sume the role for the next two years.

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