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U10s football team spread organ donation message with new strip

Representatives of the NI Transplant Association present the new strips for Warrenpoint Town FC under-10s team.
Mairead Holland

AN U10s football team from Co Down is being sponsored by the NI Transplant Association in a bid to highlight the need for more organ donors.

Warrenpoint Town FC members are sporting new strips as a way of bringing the donor message to more people.

Members of the association also visited the club recently to give the young players more information on how they can help save lives by becoming organ donors.

Team coach Dr Dominic Trainor is a consultant intensive care physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the regional lead for organ donation NI.

He said: "One of the main challenges we have in Northern Ireland is to increase the number of people on the organ donor register - currently only 46 per cent of us, despite over 90 per cent of us agreeing organ donation is a good thing - and to normalise the conversation around organ donation.

"Currently 140 people in Northern Ireland are awaiting a life saving transplant. Unfortunately last year 14 people died here whilst on the transplant waiting list - we can do better than this. One person could save nine lives."

The NI Transplant Association says it takes just two minutes to sign up.

"The key message we want people to take away is to sign up to the organ donor register and tell their loved ones what their wishes are regarding organ donation," said an association spokesperson.

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