THE 26th consecutive Harvest Fair - Milford Hospice’s “biggest fundraising event” - takes place this Sunday, and donations and volunteers are needed.
The fair - taking place a week earlier than usual - is 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, August 21, and organisers have issued an appeal for “good quality items for the stalls ahead of the day”, which can be dropped into the hospice until Thursday, 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.
“We’re still accepting good quality items for the stalls ahead of the day, everything from fancy goods, clothes, toys, groceries and plants and any other items that people will find attractive,” he added.
Milford CEO Pat Quinlan told the Limerick Chronicle recently that “more than a million euro” has been raised for the hospice over the past 25 years by the popular event, which is hugely significant in funding terms.
“The annual Harvest Fair is our biggest fundraising event. It is that time of year again and we are very much hoping that we will have a bumper turn out,” 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.
A traffic plan has been organised in conjunction with Gardai, while the University of Limerick and Bus Eireann are providing a free ‘Park & Ride’ facility. Entrance to the event will be from the Groody Roundabout and all motorists are being asked to use this route.