A MAGHERA pharmacist is gearing up for a charity cycle this weekend in aid of the Northern Ireland Transplant Association.
Adrian Glass will be pedalling from Glen in Maghera to Glen in Donegal, near Carrickart, on Saturday (June 15) as part of the Glen2Glen cycle challenge which has been organised by Watty Graham’s GAC in association with The Northern Ireland Transplant Association.
The Maghera man is keen to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation through this event and points out that all money raised via the pharmacy will go towards the NI Transplant Association.
Adrian, who has already raised around £400 thanks to the generosity of the public, will join the 140 cyclists who will start from the Ponderosa at various intervals, then make their way to Donegal at a leisurely pace, enjoying refreshing breaks along the way.
“It’ll be fairly relaxed,” explains Adrian, a seasoned cyclist. “It’s an all-abilities event and we’ll be stopping for the odd Mars Bar along the way! Most of all it’ll be fun and it’s important to remember that it’s for a very worthwhile cause.”
Adrian is using this event to highlight the importance of signing up to the NHS donor register, which can ultimately save the lives of others. The register is a national, confidential list of people who are willing to become donors after their death. All donors will receive a card following registration.
“There is no greater gift than life and it’s such a good cause,” adds Adrian.
The issue of organ donation was raised recently when former Derry GAA player Joe Brolly donated a kidney to a friend but the transplant sadly failed in spite of all medical efforts.
The organ was given to Belfast PR executive Shane Finnegan but it stopped working and had to be removed.
At the time, The Belfast Health Trust said the kidney had initially worked well before problems developed.
Adrian is looking forward to this weekend’s event and is encouraging everyone to support this worthy cause.
There is a donation box at Adrian Glass’s pharmacy at 88 Main Street, Maghera. Donations are also welcome via cheque made out to the NI Transplant Association.