15 December 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

MORE than €20,000 was raised over the past two months by the Irish in London, especially Co. Monaghan folk and their friends, for the Shabra Foundation to help in its goal of providing life-saving genetic sequencing equipment at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

The Shabra foundation (CHY 19130) was founded by the late Oliver Brady and his business partner Rita Shah in 2010.

Since then, the Foundation has raised over €600,000 for causes including hospitals across Ireland specialising in Cancer and Cardiac treatment, schools in Nigeria and Kenya, medical eye equipment for the Mater Hospital and the current fundraising initiative is for genetic sequencing equipment for the Mater Hospital’s new department.

London based Monaghan woman Mairead Liston (formerly Forde) from Castleblayney, was the inspiration behind this fund-raising dinner dance, the first major event to be held in the newly opened ballroom of the Chiswick Clayton Hotel. Some members of the Shabra Committee travelled over from Ireland especially to lend their support to the event, as well as three of the Mater Hospital’s top specialists, Professor Padraic MacMathuna, Dr David Keegan and Dr Joe Galvin.

They spoke passionately about the radical change the new specialist genetic sequencing equipment would have in the prevention and treatment of a number of different genetic diseases in Ireland. Private donations, a Grand Raffle and an exciting Live Auction saw the fundraising pass £20,000 on the night. “I was very impressed by the importance of the project mooted by the late Oliver Brady and the outstanding efforts of the Shabra Charity in a few short years”, said Mairead Liston.

“I felt this cause for the people of Ireland needed to be worked on, and its message brought to the Irish in London as it can benefit all their families at home by having the special genetic sequencing unit provided at The Mater Hospital in Dublin”.

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