Local T.D and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, this week supported local woman Lara Darbey’s (of Siopa Lara in Bawnogue Enterprise Centre) Fashion Fushion Charity Show in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. The Fashion Fushion event saw over 40 models walk the catwalk in aid of the Stroke Unit in St James’s Hospital with live music and local business displays on the night.
“After six successful fashion shows in aid of charity, Lara has outdone herself with her biggest show yet. I was privileged to join with over 300 people in supporting the Stroke Unit in St James’s Hospital and to get a glimpse of the fashion available in Siopa Lara. Through ticket sales and raffles, €3,150 was raised to support the work in St James’s Hospital,” said Fitzgerald.
Lara shared presenting duties with her friend and care assistant in St James’s, Andrea Martin. The models were a collection of nurses, interns and former patients of the Stroke Unit, local models, volunteers from Andrea Roche and Assets Model Agencies as well as South Dublin County Councillors Emer Higgins (FG) and Trevor Gilligan (FF).
“Co- host Andrea and Dr Joe Harbison of the Stroke Unit in St James’s Hospital gave us some sobering statistics on strokes; It is one of the top causes of adult disability in Ireland and can affect anyone of any age. It brought home the importance of the fundraiser in collecting funds for the quality work done by the staff of St James’s to support stroke patients. It was fantastic to see the results of that work with stroke survivors both on the catwalk and in the audience as a testament to the possibilities of medicine and wider education on strokes,” stated Fitzgerald.
“This was more than a fashion show; in addition to seeing the work of St James’s staff and the positivity of the stroke survivors, we also had entertainment from Andrea Martin’s band The Laneways. There was also a political cease-fire between Councillors Emer Higgins and Trevor Gilligan who walked down the catwalk together without tripping each other up!” said Fitzgerald.
“Lara always blows me away with her energy and commitment to charitable causes and her Fashion Fushion event was no different. Through all her hard work and creativity, she has raised over €13,000 for charities such as Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and animal welfare organisations. I look forward to seeing what Lara does next and would encourage anyone looking for an outfit for that special occasion to shop locally and visit Siopa Lara in Bawnogue Enterprise centre,” concluded Fitzgerald.