The Barretstown Charity Auction will take place in The Cahir House Hotel next Sunday, May 1, from 2pm and will include a special sale of plants, trees and shrubs. The ‘Buds for Barretstown’ project will take root on that day and many exotic and local woodland wonders will be available for direct sale. Many green-fingered enthusiasts have already donated and as this is the ideal time to plant, it is a great opportunity to fill your planters and pots.
One of the most interesting lots on the day is an opportunity for a local business to receive a mentoring session from Sean Gallagher of Dragon’s Den fame. Sean is Managing Director of Smarthomes. Set up in 2002, Smarthomes install cabling and technology systems into thousands of homes each year, providing home-owners with access to the latest in communication and entertainment services. As well as these items, there will be lots of sports memorabilia, paintings, hotel and restaurant vouchers, a gospel choir for hire, electrical equipment, antiques jewellery and even a chance to have a personalised sonnet written for the one you care about most.
The auction will be launched by Today FM personality Mairead Farrell.
Barretstown is a wonderful charity that helps rebuild the lives of children who have been affected by serious illness. The work that is completed by the staff at this camp enables the children that are attending to be just that - children; full of life and smiles, and it is a great chance for seriously ill children to forget their worries for the short time they attend. In 2010 over 1500 children with a serious illness and their families came to Barretstown.
Each year it costs almost €5 million to run the programs at Barretstown. Children and their families don’t pay a cent to come, all their travel costs, accommodation, food, medical care and activities are provided free of charge.