30,000 expected to attend annual harvest fair in aid of Limerick’s Milford Hospice

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE Milford Hospice Harvest Fair is both a ‘massive event’ and the ‘biggest single fundraiser’ in the care centre’s annual calendar, the organisers have said.

THE Milford Hospice Harvest Fair is both a ‘massive event’ and the ‘biggest single fundraiser’ in the care centre’s annual calendar, the organisers have said.

The 27th staging of the fair will take place on September 2 on the grounds of the Unigolf complex in Castletroy, just a stone’s throw from Milford.

As ever, the focus of the event is on families, with organisers hoping to see 30,000 plus visitors through the gates. The fair boasts a wide variety of stalls and family orientated events such as a dog show, face painting, a funfair and pets corner, plus Munster’s largest vintage car rally.

Committee member Sexton Cahill said that the organisers waimed to create an enjoyable day out.

“It is a day out for people to enjoy, a day out for people to get some appreciation of what Milford does, particularly concerning the area we are fundraising for and targeting specifically, the Hospice at Home service,” he explained.

“We are targeting kids, families and teenagers, because we think it is important that we get young people, we don’t want to be seen as just for older people, it is an opportunity for youngsters to come and enjoy themselves. It is very much built on a family ethos,” he added.

The fair requires in the region of 250 volunteers to run, as well as donations of goods, which can be left at Milford from August 20. But organisers are unapologetic about what is really needed.

“Fundraising, no question, we are not apologising, we are here to fundraise, that is part of what we do on the day, but equally we want people to enjoy it, we want to say thanks to the people of Limerick and others who support us throughout the year, that they come and enjoy their day out,” added Mr Cahill.

Milford CEO Pat Quinlan concurred, declaring it to be the “largest single voluntary fundraising event in our fundraising calendar”.

“From Milford’s perspective it is our biggest fundraising event. It allows people to have a fun day out and at the same time to support Milford’s services,” he explained at the launch, at which 27 helium balloons were released to mark the 27th staging.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come and support us and hopefully we will be able to provide them with a great day out.”