Message in a bottle by Lions

BANTRY BAY LIONS LAUNCH MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

A wonderful community initiative was launched at the West Lodge Hotel in Bantry on 25th July last, when Bantry Bay Lions Club introduced their Message in a Bottle project. In front of an invited audience of over 30 community and voluntary groups, details of the project were outlined by Garda Damian White, Community Garda for Bantry, who is also an active member of the Lions Club. The idea is a simple way of encouraging people to store their personal information and medical details on a standard form, and place it in a common location – the fridge. Green Cross stickers are then placed on the front and back doors of the house, and on the outside of the fridge. In the event of a medical emergency, the emergency services will then be aware that the personal details of the patient are stored in the fridge. This scheme benefits the elderly, those who live alone, anyone who is suffering from a long term illness, and those with disabilities. The form provides valuable information if the patient has any allergies to medicines, or if the patient has a specific medical condition which requires attention. In this way, the information stored on the form will aid the emergency services to provide the proper treatment for the patient. All the emergency services were present at the launch, as were the local Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch groups. Other community and voluntary groups who come into contact with those who will benefit from this Lions project were also in attendance. These bottles will be distributed free of charge, and Bantry Bay Lions Club would like to express its thanks to Rowa Pharmaceuticals, who have sponsored and supported the project. Further details can be accessed at www.bantrybaylions.com

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