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National meningitis awareness campaign concludes in Galway

National meningitis awareness campaign concludes in Galway

13 March 2014

Fresh from the recent awareness campaign in Cork, Caroline from our Dublin office once again joined 248 teddy bears and ACT for Meningitis to bring the road show to a close in Galway.

With the help of some well known faces in the form of Connacht Rugby Player George Naoupu, TG4 presenter Máire Treasa Ni Dhubhghaill and musician Sharon Shannon, the Charities once again aimed to illustrate the burden of this life-threatening disease in Ireland and urge parents to be informed and vigilant. Some recent child survivors of meningitis were also there to help highlight the fact that meningitis has not gone away.

As in Cork, the 248 teddy bears on display represented the average number of people in Ireland who contract meningitis every year and one in ten of the bears were white to represent those that sadly lose their lives to this devastating disease.

The teddy bear road show began in Dublin in November 2013 before moving to Cork last month and finally onto Galway to help highlight the incidence of bacterial meningitis in Ireland.