Campaign for CF unit

AN award-winning team of local students have joined up with the Cystic Fibrosis of Ireland (CFAI) to raise awareness about fundraising efforts for a new treatment unit.

AN award-winning team of local students have joined up with the Cystic Fibrosis of Ireland (CFAI) to raise awareness about fundraising efforts for a new treatment unit.

Team Octane Racing from Dundalk Grammar School selected the CFAI as their charity after being made aware of the campaign by Bobby Wain from The Food House, Dundalk.

Life Matters 4 CF (LM4CF), is the coming together of the Dundalk, Drogheda and Meath branches of the CFAI. The branches have a common goal, which is to help facilitate the provision of a dedicated day unit for children with Cystic Fibrosis at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

Currently children with CF living in Louth must use the childrens’ ward in the Drogheda hospital where they are at risk of cross infection or they must travel to Dublin where the units are in high demand.

LM4CF have been active in raising funds for the new unit and the CFAI National office have committed the necessary funds to purchase the building which has been earmarked become the day unit at 52 Windmill Road, Drogheda.

“Planning permission for the build has been registered and CFAI are hopeful that it will be granted. All going well, the unit will be up and running by July 2012,” said Louise Byrne, author of ‘Can You See, What I See?’ in association with LM4CF.

Bobby and Louise made a presentation to Team Octane Racing from Dundalk Grammar School after they returned from the F1 in Schools 2011 World Finals in Malaysia.

The team was nominated in four categories and were awarded with two prizes for ‘Best Team Website’ and ‘Best Pit Display’. Daniel Finnamore, Kevin O’Malley, Daniel McCarthy-Edwards, Adam Matthews, Ben Reynolds, and Rollo Konig-Brock are pictured with Bobby, Louise and Scott Nowell (I.C.T. Teacher).