Limerick charities to benefit from ‘Hot wheels and high heels’

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Brendan Ring, Mike Gavin, models from the Ursula Stokes Modelling Agency, Urusla Stokes and Tony Power at the launch of the fashion show which will take place at the citys Clarion Hotel next Tuesday
LIMERICK ladies – and indeed gents- are being encouraged to put their weight behind a gala fashion show in aid of two well-known local charities.

LIMERICK ladies – and indeed gents- are being encouraged to put their weight behind a gala fashion show in aid of two well-known local charities.

Hot Wheels and High Heels takes place at the Clarion Hotel, Limerick on Tuesday next, April 23 at 8pm in aid of the Lourdes Invalid Fund and Cliona’s Foundation.

Ursula Stokes Modelling Agency Limerick has teamed up with the two charities for the worthy cause.

Speaking about the event, Ursula gave her agency’s motto: “Always remember you get one chance and one chance only to make a first impression -I am genuinely impressed with these amazing charities and am only too delighted to be involved”.

Speaking about the gala fashion show, Brendan Ring, founder of Cliona’s Foundation said the charity was thrilled with the support received from the Ursula Stokes Modelling Agency and all those involved with the event and other fundraising events in aid of Lourdes Invalid Fund and Cliona’s Foundation.

“It never fails to amaze me how generous people are in lots of ways. We rely on these fundraisers to ensure that families with critically ill children can be supported with non-medical expenses and in some way ease the financial stresses felt by these families.”

Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to critically ill children. Having featured on the RTE 1 Secret Millionaire programme last year, the foundation has recently secured TV presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan as its first ever patron.

Founded in 2007 by Brendan and Terry Ring, in honour of their daughter Cliona who died of an inoperable brain tumour, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €335,000 already helping more than 120 families across Ireland. Cliona’s Foundation receives no financial state support and relies on the generosity of the public for support.

The Lourdes Invalid Fund was founded in 2007 by Fergal Deegan, Finbarr Brougham and Eoghan Deegan who were trying to identify some fundraising ideas for the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund.

It was decided that a charity cycle would be a worthwhile venture, so a plan was devised to cycle from Nantes to Lourdes in 2008 as this would coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions which had a huge effect on the Southern French town.

In June of this year the Lourdes invalid Fund cyclists are planning to repeat this 800km cycle from Nantes to Lourdes over five days with a fundraising target of €50,000.

For more details on Cliona’s Foundation, visit clionasfoundation.com. For more details on The Lourdes Invalid Fund visit lourdescycle.com

The Hot Wheels and High Heels gala fashion show will start at 8pm.

Tickets cost €10 and are available on the door on the night or by contacting Fergal Deegan at fergal@live95fm.ie