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Milford Harvest Fair seeking donations and volunteers

Weatherproof: the Milford Hospice Harvest Fair, which takes in and around the UL Arena again this year. 
Picture: Keith Wiseman

Weatherproof: the Milford Hospice Harvest Fair, which takes in and around the UL Arena again this year. Picture: Keith Wiseman

  • by Anne O’Donoghue
 

MILFORD Harvest Fair is appealing for donations and for more volunteers to ensure the fair’s continued success this year at the UL Sports Arena.

Organising chairman, Joe Murphy, is seeking good quality items for the stalls, including fancy goods, books and toys.

“We would also welcome cakes, jams and groceries, bottles, plants and new items for the Wheel of Fortune,” he explained.

“All goods will be checked for quality before being accepted in order to minimise the major costs involved with the disposal of unsalable items, and I’m afraid we can’t accept electrical goods or furniture,” Mr Murphy added.

“These items can be dropped at Milford Care Centre between 9am and 8pm right through until 8pm on Thursday, August 28,” he added.

Only confectionary items will be accepted on the morning of the Harvest Fair.

There is also an appeal for clothes, shoes and bags to be brought to the Milford Hospice Charity Shop, located in the city at 22 Thomas Street.

“This year we’ve decided not to have a stall for clothes, shoes and bags at the Harvest Fair and instead to ask people who’ve been putting slightly used, good quality men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and saleable bags and shoes aside for us, to bring them directly to the charity shop where they will be greatly appreciated,” explained the fair’s chairman.

The 29th Milford Harvest Fair will open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, August 31, with free admission and plenty of free parking around the UL Arena.

As usual, there will be a huge range of perennial favourites such as the Wheel of Fortune, live music, an impressive array of stalls, face painting, barbeques and a magic show, sporting activities for all ages, tug-of-war, egg and spoon races, penalty shoot-outs, inflatable fun games, bouncy castles and novelty activities on the bowl area.

The Fair will also feature a food court and live entertainment, while the Grand Raffle will have top prizes on offer, including a €500 SuperValu voucher, a Samsung 43” TV valued at €499, an oil/fuel voucher for €250 and a gents or ladies bike, a Samsung Tablet and a Magimix Nespresso Coffee Machine.

Milford have also been given a separate prize of an installed intruder alarm system worth more than €800 to giveaway.

Joe Murphy is confident that there will be lots for everyone to enjoy at the Harvest Fair this year.

“The Harvest Fair Committee has been working hard in preparing for this event and we look forward to delivering another successful day,” he said.

“This will be the perfect family day out, as the Arena, with its superb indoor and outdoor facilities, really makes the fair weatherproof.”

The Harvest Fair is Milford Hospice’s single largest fundraising event and Chief Executive Pat Quinlan said that he continues to be “amazed and delighted” at the huge number of people who attend the fundraiser.

The Harvest Fair Committee is appealing for volunteers to work with them on the day. Please contact the Fundraising Department to register your interest in becoming a volunteer on the day.

To offer your help, visit www.milforcarecentre.ie or contact the fundraising department.

 

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