BOUTIQUES in the city will be holding a fashion show to raise funds to help a search and rescue team along the River Shannon buy a new boat and diving gear to save lives.
The response team was set up last year to assist other search and rescue units around the country, and while it is based in Limerick it will travel anywhere they are required. The small unit of eight crew members are on standby 24 hours a day, all year round to assist in searches on land or water.
To date they have deployed on searches in Cork, Portarlington, Bray, Arklow, Galway, Cahir, Clonmel, Castlebar, Bansha and Limerick among others. The group have also started suicide intervention and river watch patrols on the river Shannon in Limerick every weekend.
“We deploy our inshore rescue boat along with foot and mobile patrols along the Shannon in Limerick city centre to try to deter any incidents in or around the water,” explained Trevor Corbett, unit officer.
This work is also carried out on a voluntary basis from 10pm to 4.30am every Saturday night/Sunday morning and during key events such as New Year’s eve.
All equipment the unit has was paid for by the members themselves, added Mr Corbett. “We are currently struggling to maintain the unit at a very busy time due to lack of funds for fuel,” he said.
Among the shops taking part on the night are Gretta Gibbs, Helene Modes, Kimono, Bella Sola, Be Fabulous, Isobels, Sineads, Katey Janes, Next, Seduzca, Jack & Jones, Mc Governs Menswear, Stitch, Tony Connollys, Caroline Mitchell & Virginijas.
Models from Hilary Thompson Agency will be joined by some well-known faces on the ramp on the night including recent Operation Transformation contestant Kayleigh Yeoman, who is now a model with the agency.
Tickets are available from Bentleys Bar and Hilary Thompson.
The show will be held in Strand Hotel on Thursday, March 29 at 8pm.