A fundraiser with a difference takes place in the Clayton Hotel on October 1 when the Insurance Institute of Galway’s holds a mock wedding in aid of Oranmore-based children’s cancer charity Hand in Hand.
Mayor Hildegarde Naughton, Connacht Rugby captain Gavin Duffy, Galway Bay FM’s Ollie Turner, former Galway United goalkeeper Alan Keane, Sean Kyne TD, and presidential candidate Michael D Higgins will attend the nupitals along with three to four hundred guests.
All will be entertained throughout the celebrations by The Galway Baytones, comedian Frank Forde, Carmel Dempsey and her band, the Celine Hession School of Dancers, and a DJ till the early hours.
The institute is a leading professional and educational body for the insurance industry in Ireland and has raised thousands of euro for charity over the past number of years.
This year its local president, Hazel Morrison, said she was delighted to be able to direct their event proceeds to a unique voluntary organisation in the west. Hand in Hand provides much-needed practical help in minimising the impact that both cancer diagnosis, and frequent long distance travel for treatment, has on family life.
Director of Hand in Hand, Tom Jinks, said fundraising was a difficult task in the current economic climate, but he was amazed at the generosity of people when it came to helping the many local families affected by juvenile cancer.
At the Clayton Hotel on Saturday October 1, the Civil Ceremony Celebrations with a difference will start at 4pm, followed by a traditional wedding reception of four course meal with wine including twists, surprises and prizes.