At the launch of the fundraiser were Geraldine McGivney, Fergus Scanlon, Cora Mullane, treasurer, Richard Collins, Zipyard proprietor, Vita Grinberga and Nina Ableniene | Picture: Michael Cowhey.
REMODEL your wardrobe and help a good cause at the same time, is the hard-to-resist invitation from the Friends of St Ita’s who have teamed up with Zip Yard in Newcastle West for an unusual fundraiser.
On Friday, May 25, people who leave garments in for repair, alteration or remodelling at the Zip Yard on Church St will pay the going price, but Zip Yard proprietor Richard Collins has pledged to give 50% of that money to support projects at St Ita’s Hospital that are being undertaken by the Friends of St Ita’s.
“We hope to be extra busy on that day,” Mr Collins said this week. “Our customer base stands at 8,500 and that, combined with the wide network that the Friends of St Ita’s have, should, hopefully, lead to a lot of people coming out to support this initiative.”
“As a locally based and Irish owned business, which was established at the height of the recession in 2011, we are very conscious of our responsibility to support local charities as much as possible.”
“We wanted to identify a charity or organisation which encompassed the areas from where our customers come from and after much discussion we knew that the Friends of St Ita’s not only reached out and into all of these areas but more importantly, it provides invaluable support, compassion and respect to individuals who are facing or going through difficult and sometimes terminal illnesses and troubles.”
A visit to St Ita’s to see at first hand the contribution the Friends of St Ita’s had made to the hospital clinched that decision.
“We look forward to seeing customers old and new visit us in Church St on May 25 where we will be open from 9am right through to 6pm,” Mr Collins added. Customers can avail of any of the services on offer, whether it is alteration, repair or restyling. Restyling, where garments are brought up to date, is a big part of the business, Mr Collins continued.
A member of the Friends of St Ita’s will be in the store all day, with light refreshments served throughout the day.
“It’s a win-win for everyone concerned,”said Cora Mullane, treasurer of Friends of St Ita’s. Donations can also be made on the day.
The funds raised will go towards ongoing improvements at St Ita’s, Fergus Scanlon, project co-ordinator added.