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is how some children say Cystic Fibrosis because it is easier to pronounce.

Over the last few years the issues around CF in the Republic of Ireland, including serious lack of resources, has brought this very much to the fore. The 65Roses Soroptimist National Project involved the collaboration, from 2009-2011, of 20 Soroptimist Clubs in the Republic to fundraise and raise awareness in order to ameliorate the needs of people with Cystic Fibrosis.

The goal was to raise €100,000 over two years, 100% of all Club funds raised to be lodged through the SI ROI National Project Account – which is an independently Audited Account.

On Sept 25th 2013 the President and four members of SI Ennis presented a cheque for over €63.000 to CF Midwest at Limerick Regional Hospital.

These funds were raised as part of the 65Roses  National Project of 2009-11. The monies raised bought a specially designed exercise bike for CF patients along with a bronchoscope . The cheque was presented to Dr Brian Casserly, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine
Presentation to CF fund in Limerick

Caring for Carers Caring for Carers 2009 - 2011

Our previous national project which supported and raised funds for Caring for Carers, was hosted by Ennis & District Club.

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Minister Lynch met President Barbara and Sarah McCormack at the Caring for Carers weekend in Killarney and she wished the Soroptimists well in their new National Project, " Positive Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

The Minister gave her full support, with that of the HSE, to the Project, understanding the damage done to families when a suicide occurs.

Kathleen Lynch T.D.

National Rehabilitation Hospital National Rehabilitation Centre 2007 - 2009

2006-2009 National Project was the National Rehabilitation Centre.

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The Bray & District Club was selected in 2006 to host the National Project for the following two years.

This meant that Soroptimists from all over Ireland supported their project for the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire. The aim was to provide much needed essential equipment for the physiotherapy unit of the hospital.

Many members have had a relative or friend who has passed through the doors of the hospital. Our own club member Mary Doyle spent many months in the care of the hospital having been struck by a debilitating illness which left her paralysed. Having received the necessary essential care in the hospital thankfully Mary regained mobility.

The National Rehabilitation Hospital currently operates 120 patient beds along with an outpatient department, which includes outside referrals. For every bed there are three patients around the country waiting. The hospital provides national care in the following categories:-

- Spinal injuries
- Acquired Brain injuries
- Stroke
- Neurological disorders
- Amputees
- Pediatrics

Owing to the success of the project and the ongoing needs of the National Rehabilitation Hospital it was decided to extend fund-raising for a further year with emphasis on providing equipment for children.

Equipment at National Rehabilitation Hospital

Some of the Physiotherapy equipment presented by the Soroptimists to the National Rehabilitation Hospital as seen on the tour of the Hospital taken by members.