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THE RITZ CARL­TON was the op­u­lent set­ting for last week­end’s St. Ger­ard’s ball, which raised a breath­tak­ing €50,000 for UNICEF and the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion to help build schools in Rwanda.

The United Na­tions’ chil­dren’s cause has been sup­ported by the com­mit­tee for the last three years. More than 300 peo­ple, in­clud­ing par­ents, some past pupils and other sup­port­ers of the school donned the finest of gowns and suits for the evening and gave very gen­er­ously to the cause of the night.

While the ticket sales cov­ered the cost of run­ning the event, the bulk of the funds were raised through a huge raf­fle, a si­lent auc­tion and a main auc­tion.

The dresses were de­scribed by one com­mit­tee as ‘stun­ning,’ and the ser­vice pro­vided at the Ritz Carl­ton in Pow­er­scourt was sec­ond to none, she said.

Guests en­joyed a de­li­cious meal, fol­lowed by mu­sic from Girl Talk, who played a va­ri­ety of pop songs and had the dance floor brim­ming for the night.

There were over 100 raf­fle prizes, which com­mit­tee mem­bers, with Chair­per­son Fiona Far­rer at the helm, had been col­lect­ing for sev­eral months.

St. Ger­ard’s School is the first in Ire­land to sup­port UNICEF’s Schools for Africa Ini­tia­tive.

In the last three years they have raised an in­cred­i­ble €150,000 which has gone to­wards fund­ing the construction and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of schools in Rwanda, to in­stall safe wa­ter and la­trines for chil­dren, to train teach­ers and pro­vide desks, chairs, black­boards, books and pen­cils.

Ma­rina Zaki, Chris Cantwell, Jill Roy, Robert Canon, Emily Mur­phy, Ro­nan McGovern and Su­san Camp­bell.

An­gelina Di­neen, Freida O’Neill, Carol Boland.

Eva Durkan, Lousie McCabe and Mar­ion Cor­son.

Pamela Madi­gan, Ruth Tonge and Debbie Pereira.

Jan­ice Ryan and Amanda Cahill.

Emer Breen and Liam O’Brien.

Carol and Robert Boland, Carmel and Frank Looby and An­gelina and Pat Di­neen.

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