Foot­ball match in mem­ory of Keelan to raise funds for menin­gi­tis char­ity

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.’

Win­ners of the scav­enger hunt He­len Chen, Eva Salmon and Ellen O’Do­herty un­lock the banned books dur­ing the book drive at Loreto Bray.

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