IBTS hand out awards to donors
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) held its annual Gold Drop and Porcelain Pelican Awards Ceremony for the North-East, Midlands region in the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells, Co Meath.
One hundred and eleven 50 time Donors received their Gold Drop and ten 100 time Donors received their Porcelain Pelicans at the ceremony. Donors and their guests attended from counties Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Westmeath, Longford, and North County Dublin.
Finbar Gethins, Area Manager - Ardee Centre was MC for the ceremony and welcomed everyone and congratulated all the Donors on their significant achievements. Linda Hickey, Chairperson of the Board of the IBTS performed the opening address and thanked the Donors for their dedication on behalf of all the patients who are extremely grateful to all blood donors. Linda Hickey then presented each of the 50 Time Donors with their Gold Drop awards and the Porcelain Pelicans to the 100 Time Donors. Emma Gilbey, a Recipient Speaker was honoured to speak at the awards. Following complications after the birth of her baby Charlie six years ago, she lost four litres of blood and had emergency surgery which lasted four hours. She wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the generosity of blood donors. She really values being a mother and appreciates every moment of the last six years. She said that their award should take pride of place in their homes. Their generosity restores her faith in humanity. Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive presented Emma with a bouquet of flowers and she received a heart felt round of applause.
Mr. Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive paid tribute to the donor's fantastic achievement of donating 50 and 100 times. To donate 50 times is a fantastic achievement but 100 times is a lifelong commitment. He praised the donors for donating that what they do is something special, they give hope to people. They just see it as something they do. He also thanked the Local Voluntary Organisers, the Red Cross, the Order of Malta, Na Cailíní in Ballybay, Civil Defence, ICA, Scouts, G.A.A. and the many individuals who organise, promote and assist the work of the IBTS in the community.