Football match in memory of Keelan to raise funds for meningitis charity
A CHARITY football match is taking place between Little Bray Community Centre and An Garda Siochana on Wednesday, October 25, at 4 p.m. in the Carlisle Grounds.
This second annual football fundraiser is once again being held in memory of 15-year-old Keelan O’Connor, who tragically lost his life to Meningococcal B meningitis (MenB) in September 2015.
There will be a bucket collection and raffle at the game to raise much needed funds for Meningitis Research Foundation and Temple Street Children’s Hospital so the local community is invited to attend on the day and support this worthy cause.
There are on average 200 cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia- the blood poisoning form of the disease in Ireland every year. Sadly one in 10 of those people who contract the disease will die and one in three survivors will be left with life changing after effects as severe as amputations, brain damage or deafness.
Meningitis Research Foundation funds research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and raises awareness of the diseases amongst both the general public and health professionals. The charity also supports families affected and provides a free helpline service.
Caroline Krieger, medical information officer for Meningitis Research Foundation, said: ‘As a Non- Government funded organisation, Meningitis Research Foundation relies on the generosity of local communities and fundraising events and donations to continue its vital work so we are extremely grateful to the Community Centre and Gardaí for organising this fundraiser in Keelan’s memory.’
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