Buckley back in the ring to help fight meningitis

20 Aug 2017
Buckley back in the ring to help fight meningitis

Following a successful debut fight in May, Wicklow pro-boxer, Regan Buckley, will be back in the ring on 9th September for the ‘Celtic Clash 3’. The talented youngster from Bray will be moving up three weight classes to fight against another Irish, unbeaten fighter, Carl McDonald.

Following a successful debut fight in May, Wicklow pro-boxer, Regan Buckley, will be back in the ring on 9th September for the ‘Celtic Clash 3’. The talented youngster from Bray will be moving up three weight classes to fight against another Irish, unbeaten fighter, Carl McDonald.

Meningitis Research Foundation is working in the community to raise awareness of meningitis and septicaemia (the blood poisoning form of the disease) and offer support to families affected. Not all types of meningitis are vaccine preventable so it is vital that we continue to fund research in this area and support those affected as sadly one in 10 people who contract the disease will die and one in three survivors will be left with life-changing after effects.

Caroline Krieger, Medical Information Officer, of Meningitis Research Foundation said: “As a Non-Government funded charity, Meningitis Research Foundation relies on the support of local communities and fundraising events to continue our vital work so we are extremely grateful to Regan for his continued support of the charity and we wish him all the best for his upcoming fight.”

Regan’s fight will take place in the national stadium in Dublin with tickets costing €40 for gallery seating and €60 for ringside seating. This will be Regan’s biggest fight to date and all support would be greatly appreciated.

The fight takes place ahead of Meningitis Awareness Week which runs from 18th-24th September. If you would like to get involved and hold a fundraiser for Meningitis Research Foundation please contact the Dublin office on: 01 819 6931.

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Background Notes:

  • MRF estimates that there are approximately 200 cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia every year in Ireland. They are easily mistaken for milder illnesses, but unlike a dose of flu can kill within hours and may cause serious, life-long disabilities. As many as one in 10 of those affected will die and a third of survivors will be left with after-effects, some as serious as brain damage, amputations, blindness and hearing loss
  • Since December 2016 all babies born on or after 1st October 2016 are routinely vaccinated against Meningococcal B (MenB) at 2, 4 and 12 months, as part of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule. However no catch up campaign was introduced for older children
  • There are currently 17 projects in MRF’s active research programme. Since the charity was founded in 1989, we have awarded 156 research grants. The total value of our investment in vital scientific research is over €24 million
  • MRF also supports those already affected with a telephone helpline, home visits and befriending. Our Freefone helpline – 1800 41 33 44 – provides information to the general public and those affected by the disease. We provide symptoms information, research and case studies at www.meningitis.org
  • Donations can be made online but people can also donate €2 from their mobile phone by texting MenB to 50300. Texts cost €2. Meningitis Research Foundation will receive a minimum of €1.63. Service provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278
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