MONAGHAN MAN LAUNCHES FIGHTING BLINDNESS PLAN

12 July 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY PATRICK SMYTH

Recently appointed head of fundraising for Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness, Tony Ward from Lough Eglish, Co. Monahan was in Croke Park recently to launch the charity’s full programme of activity as one of the five selected official GAA charities for 2013.

With guest of honour Páraic Duffy, GAA director general in attendance at the launch, players past and present also lent their support on the day including Barney Rock (Dublin), Pat Fox (Tipperary), Eoghan O’Flaherty (Kildare), Aindreas Doyle (Wexford) and Sinead Finnegan (Dublin).

In addition to a financial contribution by the GAA, Fighting Blindness welcomed the partnership as a platform to highlight the growing numbers of people living with sight loss in Ireland and raise the profile of the ongoing work of the charity to cure blindness, support people living with sight loss and empower patients.

Tony Ward said, “We are extremely grateful to the GAA for nominating us as one of their chosen charities for 2013, not alone for the generous donation, but also for the opportunity to raise awareness of the estimated 224,000 people affected by sight loss in Ireland.

“Fighting Blindness has funded more than 40 research projects over the last thirty years, investing over €10 million into finding treatments and cures for blindness. In addition we continue to provide support to those currently affected by sight loss through our Insight Counselling Centre and our extensive advocacy and patient empowerment activities. Many flagship research projects are now reaching clinical trial stage, so, for the first time in history, treatments for sight loss are within our grasp. The GAA is a fantastic organisation who we are delighted to be working with …

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