Anne Byrne Memorial Award

Image of the Anne Byrne AwardThe Anne Byrne Memorial Award is presented annually to a Fighting Blindness member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the organisation. Each year, Fighting Blindness will present the award to the winner at the Members’ Social in Dublin.

Named after founding member and counsellor Anne Byrne, the award represents her commitment to helping people affected by sight loss and her constant support of the Fighting Blindness membership.

The first recipient of the award, Dolores Leavey, was honoured for volunteering her time and counselling expertise for over 12 years at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear and Mater Hospital eye clinics.

We presented Frank Kelly from Co. Offaly with the Anne Byrne Memorial Award in 2011 for his remarkable contribution to the organisation for over twenty years. In this time Frank has helped shape the future of the charity while also raising over €10,000 a year for research and counselling services.

The 2012 recipient was Dr. Paul Kenna for his outstanding commitment and service to Fighting Blindness for over 20 years. Paul has dedicated his life’s work to research into finding treatments and cures for blindness and we are truly grateful to him for his work, integrity and determination to do all in his power to fight blindness.

We would like to thank all of our members over the years for helping to support and steer the charity. As a patient-led organisation, it is important to have a strong and vocal member base.

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