A commemorative sporting event in memory of a teacher who saved five lives by donating his organs, aims to raise awareness of the benefits of carrying a donor card.
Alan Feeley died of a brain haemorrhage last November. Six of his organs were donated — helping to save five lives.
Alan’s Sports Extravaganza, aims to raise awareness of organ donation and promote physical activity.
His brother Liam said their family takes comfort in the fact that his death saved so many lives.
“I’m still heartbroken,” he said. “I’ll never get over it. I don’t think any of us will. But the fact is there are five families out there now whose loved ones are still alive because of Alan.”
Alan’s girlfriend, footballer Louise Galvin, also finds some consolation in this.
Speaking on Radio Kerry, she said "It's tough but we're getting through it. It was a very difficult time for us, for myself and for Alan's family and friends, but we took a lot of solace from the fact that even in death there was some sort of positivity coming out of it."
After Alan’s selfless act, the Irish Kidney Association reported a marked increase in requests for organ donation cards. The majority of these requests came from Mayo, where Alan was from, and Limerick, where he was working as a PE teacher.
“More people are getting cards and making the decision to become organ donors,” said Liam.
“They’re sitting down with family and friends and making their wishes known. If even one life has been saved because of it, our job is done. That’s all we want.”
Speaking about his brother, Liam said: “Alan did more in his 28 years than most people do in their entire lifetimes. At the end of the day, we’re doing this for him. We want to make him proud. And I hope he is.”
Alan’s Sports Extravaganza will take place in UL on August 2 and will include a tag rugby tournament, aerobic classes, kettle bell classes and weight-lifting. The activities will be followed by a 'Slick and Stylish' Ball in the South Court Hotel. Proceeds will go to the Irish Kidney Association.
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