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Church of Ireland General Synod: Organ-donors

16 May 2014

AN ECUMENICAL movement encouraging all Christians to become blood- and organ- donors, based on the UK's "fleshandblood" (FAB) campaign (News, 1 February 2013), was enthusiastically supported at the General Synod. "Don't be squeamish. Even in death your body could be used as a gift," the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke, said.

Proposing a motion that would sign up the Church of Ireland as an associate of FAB, the Revd Adrian Dorrian (Dundela, Down) said that it would highlight ways that groups and individuals could get involved locally. "It is not intended to be something that makes us feel good about ourselves," he said, "but something that we can offer that is of benefit to others, and is deeply personal.

"When . . . 1000 people per year die in Great Britain waiting for organ transplants, and nearly a quarter of a million new blood-donors are needed every year, the need could not be more apparent. For the Church of Ireland to become an associate of FAB, all we have to do is to commit to supporting and encouraging a great organisation."

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