Have a Laugh Campaign – Hannah Noonan with a photograph of her late grandfather, Tony Devlin. Picture: Suzanne Geary.
11-year-old Hannah has been raising awareness for Pulmonary Fibrosis since 2020
September is World-Wide Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month and the 2022 theme is “Here for each other.” To support the awareness campaign and raise funds for the Northern Trust Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group (NTPFSG) 11-year-old Hannah Noonan from Newcastle West, Co Limerick has started the Have a Laugh Campaign. Hannah will be telling a joke every day during September on social media.
Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a life-limiting chronic and relatively rare progressive lung disease that Hannah’s maternal grandfather lived with until his passing in March this year.
Before starting the Have a Laugh Campaign, Hannah was busy contacting famous figures from all over Ireland and beyond to generate an extensive repertoire of jokes, so she has plenty of side-splitting material to share online. One of the jokes is courtesy of Julie Hesmondhalgh, actress and Action Pulmonary Fibrosis patron, best known for her role as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street.
“Grandad was a very funny man who was always telling me, and my brother Mikey jokes. He encouraged us to do #jokeofthedaywithhannahandmikey on Instagram during lockdown to keep everyone’s spirits up and was very proud when we appeared on the RTE 1 Today Show with Maura and Daithi,” Hannah explained.
“I hope lots of people will search for #HaveALaughForPF and enjoy the jokes that have been sent to us and perhaps donate to the fundraiser.”
Speaking about the campaign, Tom McMillan, NTPFSG chairman said, “We are absolutely delighted to be involved with #HaveALaughForPF. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a devastating terminal disease, with a life expectancy of between 3 and 5 years from diagnosis. PF has a prognosis worse than many cancers. Sadly, there is no cure and in some cases no known cause. The NTPFSG understands the many challenges that sufferers of this disease and their families will face.”
“It is for this reason that we are delighted to promote increased awareness and have a laugh or two every day during September Worldwide PF Awareness Month.”
“Hannah’s Grandad was a very active member of our support group. He made us all laugh at our meetings; he was also a very dear friend. He will be immensely proud of his family, working so hard to increase awareness and helping us all forget about our troubles for a moment every day.”
To find out what well-known personalities have responded to Hannah’s call for jokes during the Have a Laugh Campaign, search for #HaveALaughForPF on social media during September.
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