Greetings from the Coordinator of Thalassaemia Society of NSW

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Dia Dhuit” from Cyril,

Dia Dhuit is Gaelic for “hello”. Gaelic is one of the national languages of Ireland, and is my place of origin, but for the last 8 years I have been living in Australia and calling it home. As for my background, I was originally in the corporate sector as a Human Resources manager. However, for the past 11 years, I have been working in Community sector roles, initially within the housing and homeless sector, and later moving onto supporting migrant and refugee families. I have managed refugee support centres in Sydney and a Volunteer centre in Ireland.

Currently, I have assumed responsibility as coordinator at the Thalassaemia Society of NSW, which does much positive community and support work. And as one who has a mild but on-going health condition myself, I appreciate the Society’s work, and I see my current role as a great opportunity to learn about Thalassaemia, to understand how it impacts on people’s lives, and to shine a light on stories of resilience and success.

In my spare time I like to read, go to the cinema and being Irish, I love the Irish sport of Hurling. Hurling is one of the oldest and fastest field games in the world. I encourage you to check it out on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoQMl5kr17E

Many thanks to all, and I look forward to communicating with you in future.

Cyril O’Connor

Coordinator

Thalassaemia Society of NSW

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