ACT Announce their Plans to Build Aoibhe’s Legacy
ACT for Meningitis, the national meningitis support and awareness charity based in Galway has announced their plans to build “Aoibhe’s House”, a Meningitis Centre of Excellence in the west of Ireland as part of their 5 year plan for the organisation.
At a luncheon event, held last friday 20th of November, in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway, attended by many of the country’s political, business and community leaders, CEO Siobhan Carroll told guests that their 2020 vision was to build a unique centre to provide essential free support services to those affected by meningitis in Ireland, and vital training and life saving awareness of this disease in memory of their own precious daughter Aoibhe, whom they lost to meningitis in 2008, aged just 4.
Ms Carroll stressed the importance of ensuring that those living with the impact of Meningitis will have the vital support they need and through continued meningitis awareness and education people will have the knowledge they need to seek urgent medical help if they suspect meningitis.On a daily basis we are inspired by those we meet and ACT for Meningitis is committed to being an organisation who will support them every step of the way.
Meningitis is the biggest killer of children under 5 in Ireland and while one in ten people who contract meningitis will die, one in five will be left with severe after affects. ACT for Meniningis provide a wide range of free support service to those affected, and currently support families and individuals in 15 counties. The need for these services has increased by 61% since 2013 and in the absence of continued government funding, the organisation continues to fundraise to provide these services, as required, and without a waiting list.
Project “Aoibhe’s House” has now entered the very early stages of planning, and the organisation are asking people to get involved and help them to build this centre. They are currently planning a focus group meeting for early January and are inviting anyone who wishes to come on board and offer their expertise either on an advisory or practical level to get in contact with Siobhan or Dawn at 091 380058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org