LIMERICK’S Leanne Moore will officially open this Sunday’s Milford Hospice Harvest Fair at 1.30pm, with organisers repeating their call this week for ‘good quality items’ for sale, volunteers to help out and the general public to show their support by attending the event.
The 26th consecutive Harvest Fair, consistently Milford Hospice’s “biggest fundraising event”, takes place a week earlier than usual this Sunday, and will open for “bargain hunters” at 10am.
It has in recent years proved both hugely popular and essential to Milford Care Centre’s ongoing ability to provide services to the people of Limerick and the Mid-West, raising more than €150,000 in total at last year’s event, which drew in excess of 30,000 people.
The fair is taking place for the fourth year running at the Unigolf Complex in Castletroy this Sunday, and organisers have issued an appeal for “good quality items for the stalls ahead of the day”, which can be dropped into the or brought along on the day.
Volunteers are also needed, explained chairperson Sexton Cahill.
“We are appealing for volunteers to work with us on the day, whether helping with traffic, on the stalls, stewarding, or with food; any assistance will be greatly appreciated,” he explained.
“Fundraising is an important aspect of trying to bridge the gap between what the HSE fund us for and the shortfall,” he agreed.
The fair will feature “11,200 square feet of tented village” for people to enjoy the bric a brac on sale, live music, stalls, animal shows, face painting, barbeques and Munster’s largest rally of vintage cars and tractors - among many other attractions.
With so many members of the public expected to attend, safety and convenience are paramount and the event will be stewarded, with first aid and medical treatment facilities on site. A traffic plan has been organised in conjunction with Gardai, while UL and Bus Eireann are providing a free ‘Park & Ride’ facility. Entrance to the event will be from the Groody Roundabout.