9th June 2014 –
Become organ donors, Swann urges community
Ulster Unionist MLAs Jo-Anne Dobson and Robin Swann, the UUP Chief Whip, meeting with little Joe Lamont and his mum Sarah at Stormont recently. Joe, who needs liver and kidney transplants is encouraging people to support the #spellitout campaign. Joe and Sarah come from Ballymena.
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and Chairman of the Stormont Employment and Learning Committee, has called on “as many people in the community as possible to do a civic and moral duty and become much-needed organ donors”.
Assemblyman Swann, who is also UUP Chief Whip, made his appeal as he supported Transplant Awareness Week, and once again highlighted the need for public support for organ donation.
Mr Swann is a long-term campaigner for life-saving transplants, and has urged people to take the opportunity to ‘spell out’ their wishes when it comes to organ donation.
Mr Swann added: “Never before has the need for life-saving transplants been greater and brave little Joe Lamont from Ballymena who needs a liver and kidney transplant is just one of countless examples.
“I was delighted to meet little Joe and his mum Sarah at Stormont recently. He is a wee fighter and it is for Joe and others like him, young and old, that I am fully committed to modernising our organ donation laws in Northern Ireland.
“Telling your family your wishes is the best way to ensure that they are honoured. We know that families are much more likely to agree to donation going ahead if they know it is what their loved one wanted.
“I fully support my colleague Jo-Anne Dobson’s Private Members Bill at Stormont to change local organ donation laws - a change which will increase the number of life-saving donations.
“The plain fact remains that on average 15 local people die every year waiting on a transplant – this cannot be allowed to continue and with 160 local people currently waiting on a transplant a change in the law is the best way to help them,” said Assemblyman Swann.
If you have signed the donor register, you can also help to spread the message on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #spellitout to encourage others to do the same.
If you haven’t already signed the register or would like more information, please take the time to visit Organ Donation NI which is packed full of information and resources.
I hope to provide representation and advice for all those living within North Antrim, from Ballymena to Ballymoney, Bushmills and the surrounding areas. As your local representative I feel it is important to provide you with access to information from your local government and provide you with updates on how I work for you and the local community.