SUPPORT CF: TD Michael Healy-Rae pictured with CFI patient Saoirse de Paor and Philip Watt (CEO CFI) at the launch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s (CFI) 65 Roses Day taking place today (Friday). Photo: Orla Murray/SON Photo
The public are being urged to show their support for people living with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their families – by wearing a purple rose on Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s (CFI) 65 Roses Day, today (Friday).
The annual fundraising flag day – which derives its name from the way in which young children often first say the words “cystic fibrosis” – seeks to raise much-needed monies for CF services. It will see volunteers out in force across the county, including Killarney town. People can get behind the appeal by buying a purple rose, completing a 65 Roses Challenge or donating online at www.65RosesDay.ie.
Among the well-known faces to lend their support to this very worthy cause, and encouraging the public to rally behind it, are local TDs, Michael Healy-Rae, Danny Healy-Rae and John Brassil.
Ireland has the highest incidence of CF in the world and some of the most severe types. There are almost 1,400 people living with CF in Ireland and the number is increasing each year as a result of improvements in treatment and care. According to recently-published statistics from the Cystic Fibrosis Registry of Ireland, there were 54 people with CF registered from Kerry in 2017.