Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Variety Gala in Dublin

Variety: 1. Sondra Shaye and Mayita Mendez; 2. Louis Walsh and Julia Morley; 3. Karina Steinzerj and Jenny Villarreal. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

A host of well-known names and faces celebrated in the name of charity and children recently. The 85th Variety World Conference took place in Dublin and the Variety Club Humanitarian Awards gala ceremony at The Burlington Hotel was part of the series of events.

US President Barack Obama sent good wishes for this massive charity drive, along with HRH Prince Philip; the British and Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers and our own President Michael. D Higgins.

Three Irish Humanitarians were honoured by Variety International on the night.  Derek O'Neill, international Humanitarian and Philanthropist; Caroline Downey-Desmond, charity fundraiser, director of MCD and Event Producer of the annual Childline concert and Dr. Fin Breatnach, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, formerly with Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and Barretstown, retired and working with an oncology colleague in Tanzania offering healthcare advice in haematology and oncology.