Dressing up your wardrobe for charity

by Gazette Reporter

Refresh your wardrobe with pre-loved or never worn dresses while raising funds for the Down Syndrome Centre during its Buy My Dress event this weekend.

The RDS will be transformed into Ireland’s biggest wardrobe on Sunday, May 26, when thousands of dresses will drape hanging rails.

Women have been donating their dresses to the cause to raise money for the Down Syndrome Centre.

“We are asking people to come along to the event at the RDS where you can buy dresses at a snip of what you normally get them for,” Sharon Dagg, chief executive of Down Syndrome Centre explained.

“There is something for everyone. There will be day dresses, evening dresses, designer dresses, high street dresses – everything. People can arrive on the day and still donate. If they come on the day its €5 and they can wander around to their hearts content.”

Buy My Dress sales will be located in the RDS in Dublin, Waterford, Wexford, Cork and Galway with the average price range from just €10  to €50.

Money raised will go towards a new centre which will provide much needed facilities and support for children born with Down Syndrome and their families.

“We want to build a centre that encompasses all the relevant services and facilities under the one roof. We have just bought a site in the Sandyford Industrial Estate, now we need to continue to raise funds to get it developed, up and running. We will be offering all services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and daily respite eventually.

“It also offers networking opportunities, which is the thing that parents really don’t get. We already run seminars and workshops and we have a brand new website, we have an advisory panel on that where people can go online and ask questions of our professionals. The more money we raise the quicker it will be up and running. That is our main focus.”

According to Sharon, the event, which is now in its fifth year, is bigger and better.

“Last year, people walked out with 8-10 dresses in their bags. We had a Vera Wang dress that went for next to nothing, and other celebrity dresses that cost over a thousand to buy going for €40-€50.

“Women love shopping, women love dresses and women love bargains so this offers all three, and in this current economy it goes quite well especially when you are getting a good price,” she added.

Buy My Dress takes place at the RDS on Sunday, May 26, from 11am until 5pm. See www.buymydress.ie for further info.

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