Belfast boxer Brian Magee is heading off to Canada for the fight of his life on March 19 but the British and World Super middle weight boxing legend is also waging a campaign for a different cause — organ donation.
Brian, who is the Patron for Transplant Sport UK and the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, is encouraging his fans to sign up to help save a life in Northern Ireland.
The annual event, which will come to Belfast in August, exists to encourage those who have received a transplant to lead active and healthy life and also to showcase the positive effects transplantation can have on people’s lives and encourage more to sign on to the NHS Organ Donor Register. In Northern Ireland today there are around 300 people waiting for a transplant and the region is one of the lowest in the UK in terms of people willing to donate.
Brian said: “Northern Ireland is a small community and we all need each other in one way or another.
“When I heard about the event coming, I was extremely keen to help out and delighted to be invited to act as the charity's patron.
“I’ve signed the Organ Donor Register and I will be taking part in the Belfast City Marathon to help raise funds and awareness for Transplant Sport UK.”
The Games will last for four days and will see around 1,800 visitors visit Northern Ireland and take part in 18 different sporting activities, athletes taking part age from aged two to aged 82 and ability is not an issue.
Lynne Holt, Trustee for TSUK says: “These Games are a wonderful opportunity for people who have received a transplant and their families to come together and enjoy what for many is the highlight of the year.”
You can run alongside Brian in the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon. Visit www.belfastcitymarathon.com to sign up or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk for details on organ donation.