Friday, March 08, 2013

UNICEF Mother's Day

Mum’s the Word: 1. Amanda Dolan and Orla Walsh; 2. Sarah McGovern and Danielle Ryan; 3. Pippa O'Connor and her mother Louise Mullen.  (Pix: Mark Stedman/Photocall)

The 16th Annual UNICEF Ireland Mother's Day Lunch, this year in association with Arnotts, took place today at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Over 300 guests were in attendance at the lunch where the key note speaker was Danielle Ryan of the Cathal Ryan Trust. Danielle spoke about how the Trust worked with UNICEF Ireland to heal communities after decades of war in Sri Lanka.

Special guests on the day included singer Imelda May and UNICEF Ireland Ambassadors author Cathy Kelly and GAA stars Joe Canning and Dermot Earley. Also in attendance were Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, as well top TV chef and food author Clodagh McKenna and IMAGE magazine editor Melanie Morris.

MC for the lunch was the incomparable Marty Whelan. An Arnotts' fashion show with statement pieces for this season from designers including Tara Jarmon, Vivienne Westwood, Love Moschino, M Missoni, Marella and Hoss Intropia insured that the lunch ended on a high and very stylish note.

The proceeds from the Lunch go to UNICEF Ireland's Safe Motherhood Programme; helping ensure the gift that every mother wants - the safe delivery of a healthy baby. Since 1997, guests at the lunch have raised nearly 400,000 euro for UNICEF Safe Motherhood programmes across the world.