Bag a bargain at Limerick’s first ‘Buy My Dress’ sale

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

WOMEN across Limerick are being urged to donate their unwanted dresses for the upcoming ‘Buy My Dress’ sale in aid of Down Syndrome.

WOMEN across Limerick are being urged to donate their unwanted dresses for the upcoming ‘Buy My Dress’ sale in aid of Down Syndrome.

Up to 100 dresses from a range of designers have already been donated for the first Limerick sale.

Thousands of dresses nationwide will be sold at locations around the country on Saturday, May 28, in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre.

Now its third year, the fundraiser has raised over €90,000 to date and will expand this year to take in Limerick and seven other centres around the country.

Avril Kenny, the event organiser in Limerick, said she is delighted to be giving her time to organise Buy My Dress Limerick for the first time. “Women simply love fashion and the idea that good money spent on a past garment can be converted into funds for charity, has great appeal.

“I am asking all the ladies of Limerick to give a dress – it may be too big, too small, or an impulse purchase gone wrong – and to drop it off at one of the many points established throughout Limerick,” said Ms Kenny.

Last year some 4,000 dresses were sold, and if you are in the mood to catch a bargain this will be the place to be.

Dresses normally retailing from €100 upwards, will now be on sale at a recession busting €10 to €50.

This year, Down Syndrome Centre hope to raise €100,000 from the eight Buy My Dress events.

Supported by Kellogg’s Special K, the dress sale will come to Limerick for the first time in the Parkway Shopping Centre on May 28 from 10 am to 6pm.

Women countrywide have been asked to dig out the many unwanted dresses hanging in wardrobes and donate them to the one-day, pop-up sale.

With the help of teams of volunteers who will organise each county event, the charity hopes to sell in excess of 6,000 dresses this year.

The Down Syndrome Centre works to provide improved information and services to parents, families and carers of children with Down Syndrome.

Dresses can be donated at drop-off points which have been set up in selected credit union branches, pharmacies and Unislim classes countrywide. There are 19 locations in Limerick at which dresses can be dropped off.

If you wish to volunteer to help out on the day or in advance call 01 6618000 or email roisin@downsyndromecentre.ie

See www.buymydress.ie or email limerickbuymydress@gmail.com