IBTS hand out awards to donors

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THE Ir­ish Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vice (IBTS) held its an­nual Gold Drop and Porce­lain Pel­i­can Awards Cer­e­mony for the North-East, Mid­lands re­gion in the Head­fort Arms Ho­tel in Kells, Co Meath.

One hun­dred and eleven 50 time Donors re­ceived their Gold Drop and ten 100 time Donors re­ceived their Porce­lain Pel­i­cans at the cer­e­mony. Donors and their guests at­tended from coun­ties Meath, Ca­van, Mon­aghan, Louth, West­meath, Long­ford, and North County Dublin.

Fin­bar Gethins, Area Man­ager – Ardee Cen­tre was MC for the cer­e­mony and wel­comed ev­ery­one and con­grat­u­lated all the Donors on their sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments. Linda Hickey, Chair­per­son of the Board of the IBTS per­formed the open­ing ad­dress and thanked the Donors for their ded­i­ca­tion on be­half of all the pa­tients who are ex­tremely grate­ful to all blood donors. Linda Hickey then pre­sented each of the 50 Time Donors with their Gold Drop awards and the Porce­lain Pel­i­cans to the 100 Time Donors. Emma Gil­bey, a Re­cip­i­ent Speaker was hon­oured to speak at the awards. Fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions after the birth of her baby Char­lie six years ago, she lost four litres of blood and had emer­gency surgery which lasted four hours. She wouldn’t be here to­day if it wasn’t for the gen­eros­ity of blood donors. She re­ally val­ues be­ing a mother and ap­pre­ci­ates ev­ery mo­ment of the last six years. She said that their award should take pride of place in their homes. Their gen­eros­ity re­stores her faith in hu­man­ity. An­drew Kelly, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive pre­sented Emma with a bou­quet of flow­ers and she re­ceived a heart felt round of ap­plause.

Mr. An­drew Kelly, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive paid trib­ute to the donor’s fan­tas­tic achieve­ment of do­nat­ing 50 and 100 times. To donate 50 times is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment but 100 times is a life­long com­mit­ment. He praised the donors for do­nat­ing that what they do is some­thing spe­cial, they give hope to peo­ple. They just see it as some­thing they do. He also thanked the Lo­cal Vol­un­tary Or­gan­is­ers, the Red Cross, the Or­der of Malta, Na Cailíní in Bally­bay, Civil De­fence, ICA, Scouts, G.A.A. and the many in­di­vid­u­als who or­gan­ise, pro­mote and as­sist the work of the IBTS in the com­mu­nity.

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