€10k raised for rape crisis centre
OVER 400 people enjoyed a ‘Head To Toe’ cookery and lifestyle event in Clayton Whites Hotel which raised a generous €10,000 for Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service.
The fundraiser attracted 35 business stands featuring products and services in health, fashion, make-up, nails, art, jewellery and pottery.
Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon proved so popular that extra seats had to be organised to cater for the number of people who turned up. The Dunbrody House man proved himself to be an engaging and funny performer as he entertained with an interactive cookery demonstration, inviting three members of the audience on stage to help out and handing out food for everyone to taste.
Arriving guests were treated to glasses of prosecco and live music and many won spot prizes in a raffle including pieces of Blaithín Ennis jewellery. There was fashion advice from fashion blogger Denis Brophy of Holychic.ie. The event was sponsored and supported by BNY Mellon, South East Radio, Clayton Whites Hotel, Sam McCauleys and Tweeting Goddess Samantha Kelly.
The Gorey-based Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Michael D’Arcy TD showed his support for the work of the service by attending during the afternoon. All the money raised will be used to offer counselling therapy to clients who are on a waiting list. Clare Williams, manager of the centre in Clifford Street who attended the event along with members of the board of management, thanked the sponsors and everyone who showed up for contributing to the success of the fundraiser.
Denise Brophy, Clare Harney , Alma Hynes, Clare Williams, Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse centre manager, Mairead Sinnott, Lorraine Hill, Christine Hore, Joanna Saunders and Carol Baker.
Laura Williams, Catherine Williams, Mary Heldsinger, Clare Williams (centre manager), Trish Cassidy, Norma Mac Raghnaill and Eleanor Williams.
Niamh Tierney, Maria Williams and Bernie Grant.
Ann Kavanagh Leacy, Rita McInerney, Liz McInerney and Donna Leacy from Blackwater.
Pamela and Eryn O’Reilly.
Geting ready...Laura Ross and Rebecca Flood.
Alice and Ann Mulligan.
Lisa Carmody and Stephanie Quigley.