Churches join forces in organ donor campaign

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An interchurch campaign to help increase the number of blood and organ donors was launched on Monday in Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Armagh.

The ‘Flesh and Blood Ireland’ (FaB) campaign is aimed at mobilising churches in support of the cause.

The initiative was launched by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, and Archbishop Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh.

It was attended by people who have given or received blood or organs, and those who have lost loved ones as a result of a lack of blood or organ donation.

Parishioners and representatives of the health boards were also present at the event, which was followed by midday prayer at 12 noon.

Archbishop Eamon said, “The FaB campaign calls on all of us to recognise the importance of being an organ or blood donor, and it challenges us to recognise the need to respond with an act of generosity and love. It aims to raise the profile of donation within our churches and encourages donation as a personal gift.”

The Flesh and Blood campaign will have its Dublin launch today (Friday) in Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.

Dr Eddie Rooney, chair of the Northern Ireland Committee for blood donation, said that in Northern Ireland and the Republic, around 800 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant with 96,000 people receiving blood transfusions every year.