Thank you - AGM 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fighting Blindness Annual General Meeting at the Radisson Blu Goldenlane. We were delighted to catch up with old friends and welcome new members as we shared our achievements and impact during 2017 and looked ahead to an exciting year ahead.  As a patient-led organisation our members are central to the work that we do and we take our lead from our members when planning our work, the AGM is a vital part of that.

The Anne Byrne Memorial Award is presented annually to a Fighting Blindness member who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service to the organisation throughout the year. The award is named after one of the founding members of Fighting Blindness and counsellor Anne Byrne and represents her commitment to helping people affected by sight loss and her constant support of the Fighting Blindness membership. This year’s award was given to the McCormack Family who has done so much to raise the profile of Fighting Blindness in Longford as well as raising vital funds through the Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle. Many thanks to Josephine McCormack and all her family for all their efforts on our behalf.

Huge thanks to our two guest speakers who gave short talks at the AGM. Jim O’Brien, the recently appointed clinical geneticist who will be working alongside the genetic counsellor on Target 5000, gave an overview of his work and answered questions. Fred Doherty, Government and External Affairs Manager for Sanofi disucssed the area of access to medicines and orphan drugs for rare diseases, an area which Fighting Blindness will be increasingly involved in.

And a very special thank you to our valued members and to everyone who attended the AGM and sent their best wishes for the event. The Annual Report 2017 was distributed on the day available to download via the links below:

Annual Report 2017 pdf

Annual Report 2017 Word document

If you would like a printed copy of the Annual Report  please contact us on 01 6789 004 or info@fightingblindness.ie.