Caring: 1. Roz Flanagan and Jeanette Sung; 2. Sandra Byrne; 3. Sharon Bannerton and Brian Kennedy. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)
Miriam Ahern hosted her annual summer fashion show in aid of CARI sponsored by RTÉ Radio 1 and M&S at The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin recently.
Glamorous and stylish ladies, dressed in chic summer looks, were out to enjoy what is regarded as a highlight of the social calendar. The afternoon began with a champagne reception after which a chic fashion show by Karen Millen, Marks & Spencer and Cari’s Closet. Each of the stores showcased their summer collections 2013.
The show was followed by a delicious four-course gourmet lunch with wines sponsored by M&S. The charismatic Alan Hughes from TV3 was the MC for the afternoon. After lunch guests were entertained by energetic accordion player Liam O’Connor. The day came to an end after a fun filled raffle with the help of Brenda Donohue from RTÉ Radio 1.
Guests who are attended on the day included Miriam Ahern and her partner Terry McCoy, her daughters Georgina Byrne and Cecelia Ahern, charity supporter Roz Flanagan, TV3’s Sinead Desmond, singer Brian Kennedy and Virginia Macari, to name but a few. Triona McCarthy made her social debut after having baby Maxim recently, she looked radiant and content in the extreme.
CARI provides a professional child therapy and counselling service to children and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse. There are almost 3,000 allegations of child sexual abuse in Ireland each year and CARI provides services to children who are struggling to deal with what they have been through.
Due to cutbacks in funding waiting lists in CARI have now extended to a year. There are today fifty children on waiting lists who need therapy now, not in a year’s time.