Buy My Dress Kilkenny, the county’s largest sale of once-loved dresses in aid of Down Syndrome Centre and supported by Kellogg’s Special K, takes place this Saturday, 28th May in Hotel Kilkenny from 10am – 6pm.
Buy My Dress is a one-day sale of once-loved dresses which have been donated by the women of Kilkenny to help Down Syndrome Centre fund what is believed to be the world’s first Down Syndrome Liaison Nurse who provides advice, support and guidance to parents whose new child is born with this intellectual disability. The campaign has been running since 2009 and has expanded this year to take place in Kilkenny and seven other locations - Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway and Mayo - this weekend.
The charity hopes to re-sell hundreds of dresses at very affordable prices. Dresses can still be donated to the sale by bringing them along to the Hotel Kilkenny where a team of volunteer organisers will be managing the event. Down Syndrome Centre receives no government support and relies on the generosity of the public to continue its support programmes.
”We are very grateful to the ladies of Kilkenny for liberating the dresses they no longer wear to help raise funds for our nursing service. Ireland has the highest birth rate of children with Down syndrome in Europe and it is vital that we continue to invest in the development of professional expertise and support in this country”, said Sheila Campbell, CEO, Down Syndrome Centre.
Buy My Dress has raised 90K to date and was awarded Fundraising Campaign of the Year by Fundraising Ireland in 2009. For more information see downsyndromecentre.ie or buymydress.ie