On behalf of Down Syndrome Centre and myself, I would like to say a big thank you to all the Mayo ladies who kindly donated dresses to this year’s Buy My Dress charity dress sale, which took place in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Saturday May 28.
The event was a phenomenal success, with more than 7,500 dresses donated countrywide, 1,200 of which came from Mayo ladies, resulting in €95,000 raised countrywide in one day. The Mayo event contributed an amazing €7,300 towards this total. Who would have thought so much money could be raised from once loved dresses.
I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the businesses, credit unions, and pharmacies which kindly acted as dress collection points, making it easier for ladies to donate. We would also like to thank the Mayo Advertiser for helping us promote the event, all the volunteers who gave up their spare time to ensure the event was a success, the businesses which donated their services and premises free of charge to keep costs low, and Bee Green Dry Cleaners which picked up all the dresses from the various collection points around the county. So many people were so kind and supportive that it’s impossible to thank everyone personally.
All monies raised through Buy My Dress goes to support Down Syndrome Centre’s liaison nursing service, which offers advice, support and counselling to parents of newly born children with Down syndrome.
As a result of the success of our 2011 campaign and our online dress shop www.buymydressonline.ie Down Syndrome Centre hopes to fund further liaison nurses countrywide.
Many thanks again. We look forward to you continued support in 2012.
Jenny Barton Brennan
Buy My Dress co-ordinator, Castlebar.