34 GAA clubs and their communities in the Duhallow and Avondhu regions who took part in a testing 24 hour hurling marathon have raised over €26,000 for their local hospital.
The event which was organised by the Dromahane Supporters of Mallow General Hospital took place in September at Mallow GAA Complex. Many fundraising events were organised within local GAA clubs, businesses and communities and sponsorship cards were also available right throughout Duhallow & Avondhu in order to raise the much needed funds for the busy hospital. Final contributions have been collected in recent weeks and a grand total of €26,092 will now go towards the purchase of vital equipment for Mallow General Hospital.
Nicholas Corkery, Chairperson of the Dromahane Supporters of Mallow General Hospital said “we have liaised with the hospital in detail over recent weeks and we are pleased to announce that it has been agreed that a new ECG Machine will be purchased for the hospital. The machine is a new state of the art diagnostic tool that measures and records the electrical activity of the heart in detail and interpretation of these details allows the medical professionals to diagnose a wide range of heart conditions, many of which can be life threatening. Common symptoms that frequently require an ECG include chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, weakness, palpitations, anxiety, abdominal pain or fainting”.
Mr. Corkery added “It has also been agreed that seven electronic beds will be purchased for the hospital. The new beds will improve patient recovery times and general well-being by preventing ulcers and bed sores. The new beds will also improve patient safety with new innovative side rails while also improving the caregivers working conditions. This vital equipment will enable Mallow General Hospital to further enhance the excellent care that is currently being provided in the hospital and the hospital is tremendously grateful like we are for everyones assistance financially in this successful fundraiser”.
The Dromahane Supporters of Mallow General Hospital has also agreed to purchase some other patients comforts from the remainder of the funds such as bedside chairs, lockers, TV’s for patient wards etc… which will all enhance the patient’s experience at the hospital.
In order to celebrate this successful achievement, The Dromahane Supporters of Mallow General Hospital will hold a celebratory night in Corkery’s Bar, Dromahane on Friday 21st January 2011 commencing at 9pm for all involved in this innovative fundraiser. Everyone is welcome to attend where the presentation of the cheque to Mallow General Hospital will take place.
Mr. Corkery concluded “On behalf of the Dromahane Supporters of Mallow General Hospital, I would again like to re-iterate my sincere thanks to all for their kind involvement in this unique fundraiser. I have no doubt that the hurling marathon has raised the valued importance of Mallow General Hospital to the people of North Cork and surrounding areas of which it serves and secures its future provision of such vital health services in the area”.
For more information, please contact Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea, Treasurer/PRO of the Dromahane Supporters of Mallow General Hospital on 086 8903154.
Members of fundraising committee:
Margaret Corkery, John Geaney, Nicholas Corkery, Neta Casey, William O’Riordan, Mary Anne O’ Sullivan, Therese Harding, Elizabeth O’Riordan, John O’Riordan, Michael Casey, Richard O’Hanlon, Anthony Ahern, Elmarie Young & Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea.