Servisource turning BLUE for MPS Awareness Day 2017

***MPS Awareness Day***

MPS Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the rare, genetic mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) diseases. On this day, we support all the children and adults who suffer from MPS and ML by highlighting the disease and we remember those who have passed from it.

Each year in May, Servisources parent company, Cpl, turn BLUE for MPS Awareness Day. The idea is to wear something blue to create awareness of colleague Libby Kelly’s young son Max who suffers from MPS Disease. Last Friday 19th May, staff in Servisource wore something blue in support of Max and those with MPS. The aim was to create awareness in the hope of instigating research and cures.

MPS Awareness Day

Servisource Staff turning blue for MPS Awareness Day

“Max was diagnosed with the rare, progressive degenerative disease MPS (specifically in his case Hunter Syndrome , one of the MPS diseases) when he was just a year old. MPS is a family of 7 diseases which cause progressive damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system, brain and central nervous system. It is a very serious and ultimately fatal disease with most MPS sufferers not reaching their teenage years. Each week Max undergoes a 5 hour IV infusion of a synthetic enzyme which helps to ameliorate some aspects of the disease but it is not a cure. He is doing well right now, however, endures multiple procedures, tests, operations and hospital appointments to help manage the course of the disease. A cure is desperately needed but as the condition is so rare, there is little research focused on the disease. Libby continues to raise awareness in the hope that it will lead to increased interest and knowledge about the disease and ultimately a cure”. 

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Haven Haiti Photo Diary 2015

Haven Haiti Photo Diary 2015 – Build Week

We are delighted to see our chief boss man, Declan Murphy  back home safe and sound after an exhausting build it week in the sweltering heat of Haiti. In just six days the team of volunteers worked together to help rebuild communities in Hait. While there they received an enormous welcome form the local people, inviting the volunteers to join them in their local church on Sunday and  even sample their local rum.

Below we have put together an Album of Declan’s time in Haiti, “Haven Haiti Photo Diary 2015”.  Enjoy folks 🙂

If you would like to read more about Declan’s time in Haiti check out his Daily Blogs available on our website.

If you would like to help support Declan and Haven in their build, log on to the Haven website and see how you can help this fantastic organisation.

Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 6

Declan’s Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 6


Everyone realises today that there is only two days left so there is an extra effort today to get as much done as possible. With the tree planting complete, that crew are back at the orphanage and we have extra hands to get work done. The first job today is to fit out the book store, the other volunteers have spent yesterday emptying out boxes of old books so that we can put up shelves. These books are all going back as nothing here is ever thrown out.

The great thing about these trips apart from the work that’s done is the fact that you meet so many good people, Marc, my roommate is from Atlanta, David and Jim from Block Island, Stephen and Catherine from Dublin, John from Mayo, Noel, Mary, Ailish and so many more people who have raised a minimum of €4,500 each for the charity and who are working flat out doing work that in many cases is outside their comfort zone.

Spider- Haven Haiti Diary 2015At dinner last night a tarantula crawled out and walked across the wall. They say that they wont bite you if you don’t annoy them and as Billy Connolly says ‘who gets up in the morning and says ‘I think I’ll go out and annoy that feckin spider today’. I leave well enough alone.

There is a bit of panic in the village today, in one of the buildings we are putting a new roof on there is a snake nesting. This is really bad in voodoo land as the creole name is serpent and the locals don’t like this. We manage to knock it to the ground and the locals beat it with sticks until it doesn’t move anymore.

The concrete crew have just one more "Honkey" Haven Haiti Diary 2015bit of path to do and for the first time there will be a paved road on the island. Its hard to believe that on the island that there are no roads. People get about by motorbike or what I called a ‘Honkey’ which is a cross between a horse and a donkey.

Sand roads- Haven Haiti Diary 2015Tonight we are going to walk back to the place we are staying, its about 12k and we have to go on whats known as ‘Route National 1’ which turns out to be a dirt track that runs east west across the length of the island. There isn’t a square foot of tarmac on this island! We head off up the hill called the citadel and stop at Ailish’s house, which is a one bedroomed square house overlooking the western tip of the island and has breath-taking views.

Ailish is from Loughrea in Galway and has made a decision to stay on the island and work with the charity long term. I know we do a lot in giving up our time for a week but to have the dedication to stay here long term is a vocation and something only people with true dedication can actually commit to.

local bakery Haven Haiti Diary 2015We continue down the path and pass a thatched home with an outside oven that Ailish says is the local bakery. All along the track there are people outside their houses washing clothes and planting trees and crops, each family has a small holding and the first thing you notice is that there is no running water and no electricity. Each village has a communal well and a solar powered lamp post where the locals can charge their mobile phones.

It’s a fascinating experience to really get among the local population and see what daily life is like. Despite not having anything they seem to be happy and just get on with their daily chores. On the way we see some of the house upgrades that the Haven team complete during the year. I’m disappointed because my phone is dead but the houses are really nice, they have been upgraded from mud huts to a house with block walls that are plastered and have a concrete floor. The charity manage to achieve this on a budget of $500 which is a pittance.

We get back just before dark and I am wrecked! My legs feel like I have done a marathon so I am ready for bed, I walk to the bar and decide that one beer will help me sleep and maybe quench my thirst….!

Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 5

Declan’s Haven Haiti Diary 2015 -Day 5

Tuesday morning

boat- Haven Haiti Diary 2015The boat trip this morning is nice and cool, It is still 28 degrees at night in high humidity. Everyone is up early this morning and rearing to go. I pack some of the gifts that we brought and bring them along, we have crayons and chalkfor the kids at the school. Today we are putting a door into an opening to create a new office for the manager of the orphanage. My first job is to take some shelves off the wall, behind one of them there is a family of cockroaches living! These are not your average European types but big brown Caribbean flying roaches. My trusty assistant John Boyle uses his big Mayo boot and squashes them.

I’m in the stores getting some material this morning and I come across a local machete, this thing is lethal, the blade is heavy and sharp and you can see how it does so much damage. The nurse was showing me a guy that had slashed his own shin while cutting sugar cane and he was lucky to save his leg.

I get the door on which is pretty major as I haven’t hung a door in years but it passes the test! The rest of the team are making great progress, the planting team have almost 3,000 trees planted and on the way are seeing most of the island. The path team are doing major work, they are working on the side of a hill mixing concrete and transporting it with a wheelbarrow to where its being poured, everything is being done by hand and in this heat is just back breaking work.

The playground teammassey ferguson -Haven Haiti Diary 2015 are making really good progress and they are now starting to paint the playground area in bright colours. The kids are looking on in great anticipation. Up to now they had no toys and this will be something really unique for them. My buddy John Boyle is called away to get a Massey Ferguson 35 running. I don’t know how he does it but with little or nothing by way of parts or tools he gets it firing within a couple of hours!

Today we are joined by David Kane, my friend from Block Island in Rhode Island USA, he is helping me finish off the doors and hang some new doors on the shower block outside, we also get a chance to put a new roof on a gas store outside the kitchen. During this piece of work I disturb a nest of ants and they start running up my arm biting along the way. They are feckin sore and it takes me ages to get rid of them.

It looks all the time like there is going to be a thunder storm today and it’s a little darker due to being overcast but its still really warm and our water boy is saying that the group are now consuming over 10 litres of water a day.

drinking Rum-Haven Haiti Diary 2015After my evening swim we go back to the bar and the Haven girls have set up a pub quiz for us during which I get to sample some of the local Haitian rum. Its delicious with coke or ginger ale or lemonade for that matter! I will have no problem sleeping tonight!

We don’t do well in the quiz as my answers get a bit garbled after a while and my American teammates get three American general knowledge questions wrong!

I end up in bed somehow and its literally lights out, my room mate sets the alarm for the morning!