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Darren (38), was born in the West of Ireland. While studying for a degree in Sports & Fitness in the University of Bedfordshire he was diagnosed with Kidney Failure. This led to over 1,700 hospital visits and 2 kidney transplants. The obvious adversity would sink many a soul, but Darren used his experiences to forge and foster the inspirational and positive person he is today. Darren is happily married to Aoife and currently lives near Westport, Ireland.


 

 

Experiences, Achievements & Awards

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Voted the Highest Rated Guest Speaker at the 2014 & 2015 EDTNA/ERCA 3 day Conference in Riga, Latvia and Dresden, Germany.

Inaugural winner of the national Santa Rita 120 Local Hero Award 2010. This was for promoting Donor Awareness in schools. The prize of €10,000 was donated to the 'Irish Kidney Association' to help dialysis patients compete in the European Transplant/Dialysis Games held in Dublin, for the first time, in 2010.

The "Mayo Person of the Year 2005" awarded by Connaught Telegraph, Rehab, Mayo County Council.

Speaker at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (2010) and Brussels (2012) to Policy Directors, MEP's, journalists from around Europe, and major pharmaceutical company representatives.

Talks at major medical conferences in Dresden, Birmingham, Munich, Prague, Riga, and at the EDTNA/ERC European Conference at the National Conference Centre in Dublin 2011.

Junior Chamber International (Ireland) Outstanding Young Person of the Year 2012.

Speaker on the London Speakers Bureau website.  Keynote address for the Cavan County Enterprise Boards annual Student Enterprise Awards in February 2012.

Spoke alongside former Irish athlete Eamon Coughlan at the launch of the first European Transplant & Dialysis Games to be held in Dublin 2010.

Regular speaker for the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund (www.PKRF.ie).

Speaker at the Irish Lets Work West EXPO 2011.

Twice received the Western People Newspapers "Sports Star of the Year Awards" for successes at the World and European Transplant & Dialysis Games.

Mayo News article MIND OVER MATTER July 2007

Featured in TV Documentaries Including TV3's "The Gift of Life", and a documentary based around peoples thoughts and experiences on a trip to Lourdes called "Faith Hope & Plastic." Featured on Irish TV current affairs programmes.

Featured in numerous pharmaceutical company's DVDs across Europe for in house promotional & motivational purposes.

Radio interviews on RTE 1, 2fm, Newstalk and numerous local radio stations.


 

Guest Speaker for Health & Pharmaceutical Organisations

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 Darren has one goal as a speaker. He seeks to inspire and motivate staff within the pharmaceutical industry. He aims to help staff to realise that through developing, designing and producing products and solutions that specifically improve the quality of people's lives, their jobs are truly meaningful. Darren's inspirational talks intrinsically motivate staff to work at their best for the best in their patients. Darren believes this is the best motivator for doing an efficient, effective and productive job every day. The end result is staff who respond with high levels of engagement and commitment.

It is this "bigger picture" attitude that Darren promotes which needs to become inherent in staff behaviour. Not merely working for a pay check or to impress the boss but the wider goal of knowing the work you do directly effects the quality of peoples life.

Darren's relaxed and entertaining approach makes clear to staff the realities of living with a long term illness and the importance of appreciating your health. With over 1,700 hospital visits himself, coupled with a Degree in Health & Fitness and a Masters Degree in Health Promotion, he is ideally suited to motivate your staff from the routine of their daily duties.

Darren has spoken at the EU Parliament, Medical Conferences and in-house to many big Pharmaceutical companies inspiring, educating and entertaining through his story of overcoming adversity and the lessons he has garnered through this experiences.

"Darren's story demonstrates how important the partnership of the patient in the right frame of mind, the medical team and the medicine is in managing a chronic illness. The impact of Darren's presentation on our team was remarkable."
Dermot Fennelly. Supply Chain & Program Manager, AbbVie Ireland.

"Your story definitely made an impression on the policy makers."
Anna Rouillard. LOGOS Public Affairs, European Parliament.

"Darren is a very positive and inspiring man. Despite his health background he reminds us all why we should be motivated at work every day. He stresses how important it is to have the right attitude and not think "I work in the Marketing Department  or in production" but "I help people who suffer from kidney disease and save lives."
Mr. Markus Strotmann, Deputy Member and Head, Avitum Division, B. Braun

"Your talk was excellent and the feedback from Sligo was extremely positive."
Jacqueline Tierney. Division Director, Specialty Products Division, AbbVie.

"...you're uniquely positive and inspirational spirit has been highly motivating for me."
Toby Viering. Product Communications, Amgen (Europe) GmbH

"Despite his medical history, Darren remains a very positive person and reminds everyone of why they should face every working day with positivity and motivation. He stresses how important it is to come to work with the right attitude  and not think, “I work in marketing or production or...”, but instead “I am helping people suffering from kidney disease and saving lives."
Simone Klein, Vice-President Sales & Marketing Services, B Braun

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Youth &

Educational Organisations

Darren Talking at Rice College

Darren's warm, engaging style make him a perfect fit for speaking at youth and educational organisations. He has spoken at Foroige, No Name Club and school events across the country as well as a yearly lecture to a Masters class in University College Dublin. His talks on "Overcoming Adversity" in relation to physical and mental health is inspiring and motivating. Why? Because he has lived a life moulded through the adversity of ill health. His positive, engaging and outgoing manner leave young people positively inspired by his example.

He champions the need for more positive role-models in young people's lives. He aims to help anyone suffering adversity, stuck in a rut, or those who feel disheartened by the challenges, pace and difficulties the modern world can throw at you.

With over 1,700 hospital visits himself, coupled with a Degree in Health & Fitness and a Masters Degree in Health Promotion, he is ideally suited to educate, using research and personal stories, the important issues pertaining to young people today.

Darren discusses his life path with humour, articulation and total honesty. He revels in questions and answer sessions and loves interacting with everyone who attends his talks.

"Darren thank you so much for this evening.  You were just WOW!  I have no doubt that you have certainly fulfilled one important principle and made an incredible difference to the lives of those gathered.  Thank you so much for a truly inspirational presentation."

Trish, DYC Event (Diocesan Youth Council). Ballintubber Abbey 19th March 2012

I was one of the students in the master’s class in UCD you spoke to yesterday.
I felt compelled to write an email to acknowledge how interesting it was hearing your remarkable story. We have had many guest lecturers this year, speaking to us on how their disability impacts on the quality of their lives. Your story was so humbly and humorously told, and it really resonated with me. I just wanted to let you, and Suzanne the course co-coordinator, know how excellent I found your talk to be. All the best for the future,
Elisa O'Donovan

Great to hear of your recovery and it shows how focusing on achievements gets results.  You are a WARRIOR and blessed with a positive attitude and a great appreciation of what life is about.
Bill Cullen
Irish Entrepreneur

Darren Cawley is one of Ireland’s most talented professional speakers, and it’s clear that he draws his motivation from an inner strength that money can’t buy.  His real life examples were captivating, showing how ordinary people were out there accomplishing extraordinary things. This is a timeless message, suitable for all audiences, and it is presented masterfully by Darren Cawley.  Our attendees were positively moved by this presentation.
Joanne Maloney.
Let’s Work West EXPO organizer 2011

The client was delighted with your presentation and how you connected so well with the students- they are all really happy! It was one of their best ever days.
Mary Menton ~London Speakers Bureau Ireland (2013)

Thank you so much for coming all the way to Strasbourg to speak at the event yesterday. We were delighted with how it all went. Your presentation was excellent – I can tell you enjoy public speaking! Your story definitely made an impression on the policymakers – I was sitting next to a couple of them!

Anna Rouillard
LOGOS Public Affairs, European Parliament

"Darren epitomizes the drive and resilience that is a prerequisite to realising one's goals in life"

Eddie O'Sullivan- Former Ireland Rugby manager- won 3 triple crowns with Ireland, in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
@ Croke Park -Peak Performance Conference, May 2014

Meetings like the one with Darren are like a wake-up call. They teach us that we must be aware of the fact that we are healthy and that our health is something precious we have to preserve. The way he appreciates life and what it offers, set us an example.

Representing the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA) in Brussels, 2010.
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Conference Speaker

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Darren has a Degree in Sport & Fitness and a Masters in Health Promotion. Couple this with over 1,700 hospital visits and you begin to understand why Darren's story on "Overcoming Adversity in Life" has a depth of understanding and empathy that audiences will welcome.

Darren inspires, entertains and educates on the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.

The below testimonials speak volumes about his capabilities to inspire and his ability to have a positive impact on all who listen to his captivating story.

Talking about the actual experience of kidney failure and describing your ordeal, yet maintaining you’re uniquely positive and inspirational spirit has been highly motivating for me.
Toby Viering
Product Communications, Amgen (Europe) GmbH

"The inspiring presentation by the incredibly brave young Irish patient Darren was deeply moving for me. It is one thing to deal with data and facts about kidney disease. But to hear a story such as Darren's was an experience to be thankful for – to appreciate being healthy. A state which is taken for granted so easily, we forget that it is fragile and we should do something to preserve it. I think it is simply human nature. Meetings like the one with Darren are like a wake-up call. They teach us that we must be aware of the fact that we are healthy and that our health is something precious we have to preserve. The way he appreciates life and what it offers, set us an example and makes meetings like the one at World Kidney Day so unforgettable".
Representing the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA) in Brussels, 2010.
The organizer of the event is quoted above.

Darren Cawley is one of Ireland’s most talented professional speakers, and it’s clear that he draws his motivation from an inner strength that money can’t buy. He is bright and very funny, and his message is highly compelling. He left the audience at the Let’s Work West Jobs Expo energized by his presentation on Prospering Through Adversity and the importance of remaining positive and proactive.  His real life examples were captivating, showing how ordinary people were out there accomplishing extraordinary things. This is a timeless message, suitable for all audiences, and it is presented masterfully by Darren Cawley.  Our attendees were positively moved by this presentation.
Joanne Maloney, Let's Work West Expo 2014

"Darren epitomizes the drive and resilience that is a prerequisite to realising one's goals in life"
Eddie O'Sullivan, Former Ireland Rugby manager- winner of 3 triple crowns with Ireland in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
@ Croke Park -Peak Performance Conference, May 2014

Thank you so much for coming all the way to Strasbourg to speak at the event yesterday. We were delighted with how it all went. Your presentation was excellent – I can tell you enjoy public speaking! Your story definitely made an impression on the policymakers – I was sitting next to a couple of them!
Anna Rouillard, LOGOS Public Affairs, European Parliament

Great to hear of your recovery and it shows how focusing on achievements gets results.  You are a WARRIOR and blessed with a positive attitude and a great appreciation of what life is about.
Bill Cullen, Irish Entrepreneur

You are a great speaker and all lectures I listened to were full of enthusiasm and very human.
Monika Fialová | Senior Project Manager | C-IN
C-IN Frontline Expertise “Workshop, held in Prague, October 31, 2013

The client was delighted with your presentation and how you connected so well with the students- they are all really happy! It was one of their best ever days.
Mary Menton ~London Speakers Bureau Ireland (2013)

By sharing your story and experiences with your condition in such an open, relaxed and generous way, the delegates were afforded a unique opportunity to understand more about your lived experience day-to-day – it truly had a remarkable impact on them and they were still talking about the session at the close of the day and over dinner.
Sarah O'Callaghan Abbvie.
Global Operations Leaders Forum- Dublin 2014

"Darren thank you so much for this evening.  You were just WOW!  I have no doubt that you have certainly fulfilled one important principle and made an incredible difference to the lives of those gathered.  Thank you so much for a truly inspirational presentation."
Trish, DYC Event (Diocesan Youth Council)
Ballintubber Abbey 19th March 2012


 

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