Meningitis Awareness Roadshow
04 March 2014
Staff from our Dublin office and ACT for Meningitis joined members and 248 teddy bears in University College Cork’s Crèche Cois Laoi last week to highlight the fact that meningitis has not gone away.
With the help of four child survivors of meningitis and their families, the roadshow aimed to illustrate the burden of this life-threatening disease in Ireland and urge parents to be informed and vigilant. They were also joined by a family who sadly lost a daughter and sister to meningitis and renowned Cork hurler Seán Óg Ó hAilpín.
Each of the 248 teddy bears represented the average number of people in Ireland who contract meningitis every year. One in ten bears on display were white to represent those that sadly lose their lives to this devastating disease.
The road show began in November 2013 with an event at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin, where meningitis survivors and bereaved parents were joined by RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan who launched the series of events. On Thursday the bears will be finishing their road show in Galway so make sure to keep an eye out for photos from that event.
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