A FASHION show in the Southcourt Hotel next Wednesday will help raise funds to complete a new centre for children’s services in West Limerick. The fashion show is being hosted by Shaws Department Store which is marking its 40th anniversary in business this year. And all funds raised at the event will be donated to the West Limerick Children’s Services, which is managed by the Brothers of Charity and provides services to children and teenagers up to 18 years of age with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities.
And as part of their birthday gift to the services, Shaws will present every ticket-holder attending the show with a €10 voucher to be spent in-store at any time.
It’s a win-win for the store and for ticket-holders as tickets for the event cost just €10.
The show will begin at 8pm and all fashion shown will be from Shaws different departments. It will be compered by Celia Holman-Lee and will include a competition for best dressed mother, boy or girl.
Up to 10 children and young people who use the West Limerick Children’s Services will also take to the catwalk on the night, alongside models from the Holman-Lee agency and there will be spot-prizes and entertainment.
The fashion show is just one event in a campaign by West Limerick Children’s Services to raise €150,000 towards a new centre.
Building of the centre began in January and, says services administrator Christina Keane, they hope to move into the new centre next January.
The bulk of the funding centre is coming through the HSE and the JP McManus Fund but there is a shortfall of €150,000 to complete the building.
The new centre will provide 8,000 square feet of dedicated space and will include a gym, a teenagers’ room as well as offices and therapy rooms.
“We offer services across six different disciplines,” Ms Keane explains. These include physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language, social work and early intervention.
Currently, the services being provided by 16 therapists are spread out over a number of locations in Newcastle West and the premises are either over-crowded or unsuitable. For example, two therapy rooms are upstairs in a building with no lift. The new centre will centralise the services on offer, ending time-consuming travel between locations and will provide a bright, comfortable, purpose-built and user-friendly space.
Tickets can be obtained on 069-61919 Ext 20 or from Shaws in the Crescent Shopping Centre.
“We anticipate a lot of interest in the fashion show and would be grateful if tickets were purchased promptly,” Ms Keane says, urging people to support the event.