THIRTY was the magic number for Milford’s Hospice Fair, which was bathed in sunshine this Sunday as the crowds turned out in force.
The event - renamed the ‘Fund Day’ from the Harvest Fair this year - was celebrating its 30th anniversary and to mark the occasion, a 5km fun run and walk was added to the list of events, lead out by Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Liam Galvin, who urged people to support the work of the facility.
“I was delighted to be asked to attend the annual Milford Fair and to lead out the inaugural fun walk,” he said. “The hospice movement should be supported nationally and locally. I’ve never seen such work in any organisation and I was delighted to be part of the walk.”
Limerick’s first citizen revealed that he had special cause to call for support for Milford.
“Cancer is a disease that’s affecting every family in the country, whether it’s directly or indirectly, neighbours, relatives or friends,” he explained.
“A very close friend of our family passed away and was buried yesterday, and I said to Sr Phyllis Donnellan of Milford that if there’s anything I can do in my mayoral capacity or afterwards, then I will, because it is something that needs to be supported.
“I mean that sincerely, this is something that needs to be supported by everyone,” he added.
Thousands turned out to sample a packed programme of indoor and outdoor events, entertainments and attractions at the annual fundraiser, Milford’s largest annual event. There was vintage cars, pig on a spit, face painting, falconry - and lots and lots of bouncy castles.
“What a great success the day has been,” said Milford CEO Pat Quinlan. “It’s fantastic to see the type of response we got. People came early and came from all locations. One of the great things associated with Milford is that we get the support and we’re very grateful for that.
“We can assure the people of the Mid-West that the funds raised here today will be put to good use,” he added.