The people of Clonmel and the surrounding area are requested to come out and support the Fashion Show, organised by the Friends of Bridgewater House and Knocklofty Rural Day Service, in association with RehabCare, Clonmel, which will be held in the Clonmel Park Hotel on Thursday, 20th September.
A cheese and wine reception will be held at 7.30pm, followed by the Fashion Show at 8pm.
Admission of €E15 includes a ra)ffle for a two-night bed and breakfast break.
“Our Fashion Show may not have big name models but to us they are the best by far”, says one of the organisers, George Hogg. “We do not get the big numbers that turn up at some of the big fashion shows that are put on in Clonmel, but talk to anyone that comes to our show and they will tell you that is the best around.
We have a mix of models, ranging from the service users of both Rehab Centres to some mothers, sisters and friends, not forgetting Sophie who is with us since we started four years ago. You can also meet an Irish Special Olympic Medal Winner - Gary Tobin, who was a member of the Irish Special Olympic Soccer Team that got to the final of the World Special Olympics last year.
We know that it is very hard to be asking people to put their hands in their pockets in these hard times, but it is only through fundraising that we can raise the money to pay for the two-night respite break and Christmas party night for the 39 service users. When the cutbacks started 3 to 4 years ago the first to be cut was special needs”.
George said that the two-night respite break was the only holiday that some of the service users get all year, while the Christmas Party night in Hotel Minella was the highlight of their year when George said they could dress up in all their best clothes and go out and not feel any different to anyone else.
“You can not put on a Fashion Show without shops. For this we would like to thank all the shops that have supported us for the past 4 years and we just hope that we can get the usual support from the people of Clonmel.
Both Bridgewater and Knocklofty Rural Day Service are one of the few Rehab Centres that go on a respite break. For this we would like to thank the people of Clonmel and surrounding area for all their support”.
Tickets can be bought at the door on the night or from Brian at Connolly Menswear, or George Hogg at 086-8799150.