€10k raised for rape cri­sis cen­tre

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

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.

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