Wednesday, 15 April 2009
15-April-2009: As the Liverpool and Chelsea teams clashed in an impressive display of determination and skill on Tuesday night, two other clubs were forging a praiseworthy alliance in the Salthill Hotel, Galway where a group of wheelchair users from the Titans Basketball Club, Galway received 14 basketball wheelchairs from Galway Life-Science companies.
Irish International Stephen Melvin and Frank Cashman, Chairman of the Titans Club identified the need of the disabled players, both adults and children, for the specially adapted chairs. Their endeavours came to fruition on Tuesday night when, in front of an audience including the Mayor of Galway, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Basketball Ireland, Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA), Galway Sports Partnership, The Irish Wheelchair Association, Titans Club Members and the Donor Companies, he had the pleasure in receiving the 14 chairs for the clubs wheelchair members.
A very relaxed atmosphere was injected with ripples of excitement as the eagerly awaited chairs, each bearing a logo from a sponsoring company waited to be claimed. An overwhelming feeling of community, generosity and gratitude permeated the room. It is the first time members of the Sporting, Disabled and Life Science communities in Galway have collaborated in such a way, the results of which will be enjoyed for years to come.
The willingness and generosity of the sponsor companies, even in these difficult financial times is remarkable. The feedback from the companies on the night was extremely positive in that they could see their donation being taken for a test drive on the ballroom floor. The delighted wheelchair players from the Adult Titans Wheelers and Junior Titans Tornadoes teams will, in the words of Gary Allen, be able to practice and play full games. The club can also welcome visiting teams as there are sufficient chairs for two competing sides.
In his address, the City Mayor highlighted the importance of Voluntary Organisations such as Titan's Basketball club. He is a witness to their dedication and valuable contribution to society every day of his working life. Alan Crean, Business Development Manager in Creganna, attended as a representative of his company, a sponsor of one of the chairs, and also as spokesperson for the Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA). He echoed the Mayors sentiments and highlighted the significant value of the Life Science Sector to the Irish Economy. He also spoke Galway's role and Global reputation in this sector, where the industry employs in excess of 6,500 people, delivering world class designs and products and excellent future career opportunities for the County's Youth.
The wheelchair sponsors include Aerogen, Anecto, Beckman Coulter, Boston Scientific, Brivant, Caragh Precision, Creganna, Crospon, Kamer Construction, Lady Legends, Medtronic, MM Qualtech, Nelipak, and Nortel.
Their kind sponsorship coupled with the dedication and co-operation of the Titans Basketball Club Members resulted in a winning formula for the Galway Sporting Community.