September, 2020

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Organ Donation Week 2020 – What a week!

Thank you to everyone for taking part in #OrganDonationWeek this year.

For many families, like ourselves organ donation week will continue tomorrow and every day as we continue to raise awareness, to encourage others to talk and share your wishes about organ donation.

#Coffeesation was a massive success and we smashed our target of 1000 households and we are grateful to everyone that had the conversation.

#YesIDonate #IsDeontóirMé

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Dáithí’s family hail support as Organ Donation Week comes to close

THE family of West Belfast toddler Dáithí Mac Gabhann say they believe up to 1,000 households took part in their ‘Coffeesation Morning’ during Organ Donation Week which came to a close on Sunday.  The Mac Gabhann family have been inundated with Facebook, Instagram photos, messages and emails from families having their morning cuppa while having the conversation around organ donation. Full Story Here

Organ Donation Week: Belfast dad’s emotional plea as son waits on the gift of a new heart

Dáithí Mac Gabhann looks and acts like a normal child with a newfound love for school and passion for boxing – but on the inside he is fighting his own battle as he awaits a heart transplant. The West Belfast toddler, 3, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which essentially means he only has half a working heart. He has been waiting on the gift of a new heart for over two years and this Organ Donation Week, the Ballymurphy family have been encouraging families to share their wishes.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Máirtín Mac Gabhann said every day is organ donation day for their family. Watch Here

Organ Donation Week: Powerful music video launched featuring NI patients

Northern Ireland folks who have had and are still waiting on donor organs feature in a powerful new music video called ‘A Second Dance’. It has been released this Organ Donation Week (Sept 7-13) in a bid to encourage people to sign the register and give others a precious second chance at life. Performed by singing barrister Karl McGuckin, the gripping and emotional song says “there’s always a second chance for a second dance”. Full Story Here

Dáithí portrait unveiled in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

Our Donate4Dáithí campaign unveiled a portrait during #OrganDonationWeek 2020. This fantastic oil painting was completed by local artist David Bell in record time to be launched during Organ Donation Week. We can’t thank David enough for the hours or work and dedication he gave to this painting. Although probably biased, it’s the best art work we have ever laid eyes on and captured our Dáithí and the hard work of our campaign perfectly. A full sized image can be viewed here.

Go raibh maith agat, David.

Máirtín, Seph & Dáithí X

Have the Conversation about Organ Donation

The family of West Belfast toddler Dáithí Mac Gabhann hope up to 1000 households will take part in their ‘Coffeesation Morning’ as Organ Donation Week gets underway. The Mac Gabhann family have been inundated with Facebook, Instagram photos, messages and emails from families having their cuppa while having the conversation around organ donation. Full Story Here

West Belfast family urges public to share organ donation wishes with loved ones over a cuppa

The family of a three-year-old boy waiting on a heart transplant is urging people to grab a cuppa and share their wishes with their loved ones during Organ Donation Week that starts today.

Dáithí Mac Gabhann from West Belfast was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which essentially means he only has half a working heart. He has been waiting on the gift of a new heart for over two years. His campaigning family, who set up the Donate4Dáithí campaign to raise awareness of organ donation, has come up with a virtual initiative called ‘Coffeesation’ to encourage people to have a chat over a cup of coffee or tea with their loved ones in order to make their wishes known on organ donation. Full Story Here

Little Dáithí’s parents urge families to have organ donation conversation

THE family of Dáithí Mac Gabhann, currently awaiting a heart transplant, are encouraging as many people as possible to ‘stick the kettle on’ and take part in their ‘Coffeesation Morning’ as part of the upcoming Organ Donation Week. The Mac Gabhann family are anticipating that thousands of families will have the conversation and share their wishes around organ donation when it commences from September 7.

“With Organ Donation Week being totally virtual this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have come up with a very simple, but effective way to get families to share their wishes on organ donation with their loved ones and have the conversation,” explained Dáithí’s mum Seph. Full Story Here

Conversations about being a donor can help boy on transplant list

Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which essentially means he only has half a working heart, has been waiting on the gift of a new heart for over two years.

His campaigning family from Belfast, who set up the Donate4Dáithí campaign to raise awareness of organ donation, have come up with a virtual initiative called ‘Coffeesation’ to encourage people to have a chat over a cup of coffee or tea with their loved ones in order to make their wishes known on organ donation. Full Story Here

Public Health Agency launch ‘Second Chance’ campaign to mark Organ Donation Week

Our Donate4Dáithí campaign are delighted to be a part of this great campaign and we are immensely proud to feature in A Second Dance. Dáithí daidí, Máirtín, joined Eamonn Holmes and Tim Brown on The Nolan Show to kick off #OrganDonationWeek. Listen Here