Talk from Tanya Knadjian , Changing Faces
We had a very successful Information Evening (Tue 26th Feb), with over 40 people in attendance, and the talk by Tanya Knadjian from Changing Faces was very well received! Tanya gave us invaluable advice on how our children born with cleft can cope with difference in their school and play environments. Tanya engaged very well with the audience, and her advice was hugely practical and enlightening. Many thanks to Tanya and Changing Faces!
Maternity Pack Launch
Dr Michael Robson, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, who launched our Maternity pack, had very positive words to say about the Pack and the contribution of the Association.Ã‚Â
In the presence of parents, children, members of the Dublin Cleft team, staff from the National Maternity Hospital, and other health professionals, he spoke of how valuable the pack will prove both to new parents and to the staff of the maternity hospitals themselves.Ã‚Â Wondering how much maternity staff actually knew about cleft lip and palate, he praised the contents of the pack, in particular the feeding chart and the information leaflets. He praised too the dynamism and work of the Association, and applauded the enthusiasm and drive of Cathaoirleach Georgina Wade, which he described as ‘infectious’.
About the Pack
For some time the Association has been working on a pack for new parents.Ã‚Â We are conscious that in a busy hospital it is not always possible to get the level of detail that parents want, indeed even when a knowledgeable person can spend time with parents it is not always possible to Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtake it all inÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.Ã‚Â The pack includes information leaflets, tips on feeding, before & after pictures, sample newsletter, a screen print of our website, children in hospital charter, an appointment & contact card, and an all important set of pens!
The production of the pack represents another milestone for the Association. Parents running marathons Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in particular the mini-marathon – have financed this pack and its distribution to all maternity hospitals in Ireland.
Presentation of Funds towards the cost of software required for the new 3D equipment
Thanks to the efforts of some of our young adults that were born with a cleft, the Association was able to present a cheque for Ã¢â€šÂ¬6,700 to Mr. Eamonn McKiernan, Consultant Orthodontist, and member of the Dublin Cleft Team, and going towards the cost of software required for the new 3D equipment that will be used by the Dublin Cleft Team.Ã‚Â The new equipment will facilitate better pre-operation planning for work that is typically carried out on teenagers and young adults.
Many thanks to Accenture for providing facilities for the evening’s events.