The Louth Meath branch of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland held their annual street collection in Ardee on Friday last – and raised well over €2,000 for the association.
A total of €2,172.68 was collected at their various points throughout the town on October 27th on the associations Torc Pin Collection Day, with all proceeds going to the Louth Meath branch of SBHI and the funds will all be used locally for the benefit of members in the Louth and Meath areas.
The total is just short of the €2,276.75 collected in 2016.
“We wish to thank the people of Ardee for their continued support and generosity,” SHBI chairperson and Ardee man Peter Landy said.
“We also want to thank all of our volunteer collectors who manned our tables at the Ardee Post Office, Callaghan’s Butchers, O’Gorman’s Centra and Lanney’s Super Valu,” he continued. “Thanks also to each business for allowing us to set up outside their premises to collect for the day.”
Spina Bifida is a condition which affects about one in every 1000 children born per year in Ireland. Ireland has one of the highest incidences of Spina Bifida births in the world. It is the most common neural tube defect (NTD) which causes incomplete development of the spinal cord in the womb. Translated, it literally means ‘split spine’.
Hydrocephalus was once more commonly called ‘water on the brain’ and put simply, it is a condition where there is too much cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium/head.
There can be learning related difficulties associated with Hydrocephalus such as problems with learning in educational settings, behaviour, motivation, and visual problems.
The condition can also result in subtle effects, giving problems with co-ordination, motivation, organisational skills, and language. Physical effects such as visual problems, or issues with balance, may also occur.
Last month, Landy was re-elected for a second term as chairman of the national charity at their AGM in Athlone while Ardee woman Clodagh McClean was named Volunteer of the Year.