Intrepid Claremorris native Ann Melia will be hosting a collection of stunning portraits, paintings and photographs as she kicks off her fundraising efforts for her participation in the Great Ethiopian Run in November in aid of children’s development charity Plan Ireland.
The Dalton Inn, in Claremorris will be transformed into a gallery from 8pm on Wednesday, July 17, where striking images depicting children and family life in some of the 50 countries worldwide where Plan works will be on display. This is a renowned collection which has already toured many areas in the country and has received glowing reviews.
Ann will be tackling the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 24 to help Plan Ireland raise funds for its development projects in Ethiopia itself and in dozens of other developing countries worldwide.
She is urging all the big-hearted Claremorris folk to come along to The Dalton Inn on Wednesday and help her on the way to achieve her fundraising target for the run.
Ann said: “Some of the pieces in the exhibition are absolutely stunning and depict diverse people and settings in the most striking backdrops. It has already proven to be an extremely popular exhibition wherever it has toured around the country.
“Crucially, any money raised from the event will contribute to my Great Ethiopian Run fund. This money will help marginalised children in Ethiopia and other countries get access to primary education, proper drinking water, sanitation and healthcare facilities.
“The run itself is Africa’s biggest and noisiest 10km. I will be joining over 36,000 participants in the historic city of Addis Ababa. The race is at almost 10,000 ft above sea-level which is a bit different to what I’m used to in Claremorris! However, I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I will also get the opportunity to visit some of the projects where the money will be going so I’ll be able to witness the benefit at first hand.”
For more information on the Plan Ireland’s Great Ethiopian Run see www.plan/greatethiopianrun ie