Fashion fix: Children to benefit from fundraiser

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A FASHION show which aims to raise money for the construction of a children’s residential centre in Kenya will take place next Thursday night, November 3, in the Strand Hotel in Limerick.

A FASHION show which aims to raise money for the construction of a children’s residential centre in Kenya will take place next Thursday night, November 3, in the Strand Hotel in Limerick.

Patsy Lyons from Ballyneety is to travel to Kenya next February with a small Clare-based charity - The Building of Hope to help with the construction of a residential centre in the township of Likoni, Migombani outside Mombasa.

This resident centre will be part of the Likoni School for the Blind home to over 180 children ranging in age from three to 18 years who are blind or visually impaired. Some of the children also have physical/intellectual disabilities. Many of these children are orphaned or have been abandoned by their families due to their disability.

“As witnessed by volunteers who travelled to Kenya on the last project in 2010, the current living conditions for these special children are appalling and unacceptable in this present day,” said Patsy.

“We were privileged to meet some of these wonderful children during our last visit to Kenya with the Building of Hope in 2010,” she added.

The Building of Hope is a small locally run Clare-based charity. It is run entirely on a voluntary basis by a small group of dedicated people from many walks of life who give of their time and energy freely. The charity carries no overheads such as salaries or other running costs so all funds raised go directly to the projects which they operate. Each volunteer is asked to give up 11 days to this project in addition to raising €3,000. All monies raised go directly to the full and overall cost of running and completing this project. Log onto www.buildingofhope.org