26 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

– Support urged to make late Oliver Brady’s life-saving dream a reality

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys, leading officials of the GAA and a host of other political and sporting personalities assembled at Croke Park last Thursday for the official launch by Shabra Charity of a major new fund-raising initiative to purchase genomic sequencing equipment for the Mater Hospital.

The late Co Monaghan entrepreneur and philanthropist Oliver Brady had a last wish to see the specialist life-saving equipment put in place at the Mater Hospital, and the new initiative plans to make this dream a reality through a variety of charitable initiatives.

The equipment will play a vital role in broadening the range of intervention and treatment options available to the hospital in a wide range of areas, including heart disease and cancer treatment, and will also have an application in the fields of pathology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, ophthalmology and infectious disease.

Rita Shah, co-founder with Oliver Brady of the Shabra Charity Foundation, told the launch that the late racehorse trainer was “one of a kind”, who touched the hearts of many and would never be forgotten.

“Shabra Charity Foundation was set up by Oliver and myself a few years ago and together with a very strong committee we have raised over €600,000 and donated to St Luke’s, Tallaght, and the Mater to purchase much needed equipment for heart, cancer and eye care and we have also supported cardiac disease and cancer research,” she pointed out. “We have also built schools in Nigeria.”

Ms Shah said that Oliver had promised the Mater that Shabra Charity would fund-raise to supply much needed specialist genomic DNA gene sequencing equipment to provide life-saving care to those currently dying due to the lack in Ireland of DNA gene facilities.

“I am determined to help Oliver to keep his last promise to the Mater Hospital by redoubling The Shabra Charity fundraising efforts in order to provide this much needed equipment to the Mater Public Hospital as soon as possible, in his honour and memory. All proceeds from this event will be used towards the purchase of the much-needed equipment. “

Among the events taking place to further this initiative is the Shabra Charity Oliver Brady Memorial horse-racing event, to be held at Leopardstown racecourse on January 24 next year.

There will also be a Shabra Charity Oliver Brady Memorial cycling event on September 5 this year.

Those wishing to support the cause can also enter a €5 draw for tickets to some of the upcoming big matches at Croke Park. The draw will take place on July 9.

Full details of these and other elements of the campaign are outlined on the Shabra Charity Facebook page.


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