Bangers and mash

THE term “ladies who lunch” took on a whole new meaning at one city hotel last Thursday.

THE term “ladies who lunch” took on a whole new meaning at one city hotel last Thursday.

Typically associated with well-heeled women who have time to spend on charity events, this particular occasion saw a variety of people turn out in a bid to raise much needed funds for Amber Women’s Refuge.

From 12.30pm they trickled in; women with babies, young professionals, some retired, lunching work colleagues and some hungry individuals who’d heard the word go ‘round and decided to pop in to fill their tums.

Plates were piled high with mashed potatoes, sausages, with or without gravy which came with or without onions. Yoghurt was provided too.

Within the first half hour 30 diners had been seated and had tucked in. Just 10 minutes later that amount had doubled and so the two-hour event continued.

There was a great babble of chat as all revelled in some time out. Groups gathered at each table, some knew each other, others getting together for the first time in a bid to socialise, there was even some networking going on.

Everything had been supplied free of charge; all of the ingredients, the space, the workmanship was all provided locally. Even former hurler Andy Comerford and his brother Jimmy helped out by peeling the potatoes!

Such help enabled organisers to guarantee that 100% of all of the ticket proceeds and donations would go directly to the Amber Women’s Refuge Project. The Kilkenny/Carlow community-based voluntary organisation is for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. The refuge provides accommodation for seven families in a communal living environment but the aim’s to raise funds for an extension to the current building, which would allow families to have their own independent living spaces, promote the family unit and self-empowerment for reintegration back into society.

The fundraising committee are working towards a goal of raising 250,000 euro to make this extension possible.

Proceeds from the Bangers and Mash lunch are sure to aid with this and will be added to from the next event which sees Royal Spice host an event.

Keep an eye on the Kilkenny People for more in the coming weeks.