Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) is running its ‘65 Roses’ National Awareness Week (NAW) until April 19 and RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan helped the organisation launch the event earlier this week. CFI are asking the public to support this important cause by purchasing from the variety of ’65 Roses’ emblems which will be on offer throughout major shopping centres this month.
The term “65 Roses” has a special meaning for people with CF and their families as it is often how young children learn to say “Cystic Fibrosis”.
Showing her support Miriam O’Callaghan said “I am honoured to be part of 65 Roses NAW and encourage people to support this initiative to create awareness and raise funds for this worthy cause. CF is Ireland’s most common genetically inherited disease and 1 in 19 of us are carriers of the CF recessive gene, so please come along and support our campaign by buying a 65 Rose’s Emblem”
Funds collected will help support the work of CFI in providing grants and services for people with CF, dedicated inpatient and outpatient facilities around the country, and medical research.
Philip Watt CEO of CFI stated “2013 marks the 50th year of our Association which celebrates both the progress in CF care over 5 decades but also reminds us there is so much more to do.
We need your support for dedicated CF units, for support to our members and for research.”
Also as part of 65 Roses NAW and to celebrate CFI 50th Anniversary, a book called ‘For the Roses’ will be launched, an inspiring story of two young mothers determination which lead to the beginning of CFI.
The book is available at www.cfireland.ie priced at €15.00 including p&p
For further information on CF and CFI, visit www.cfireland.ie