Bark for ARC will be sporting a flash of fashion in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ARC House committee member, Eileen Walsh, was inspired to design and create what she has named her “Infinity” scarves. The Infinity Scarf represents the never ending support provided by ARC House to East Cork and West Waterford cancer sufferers, survivors and their families. The scarves will be worn by the volunteers and committee members walking in the parade Saturday. The dogs, some 25 in total, will also be decked out in custom green, white and gold bandanas designed and created by John and Sharon Coleman from Coleman’s Shoe Shop. Naturally when you get a new outfit for a special occasion the next step is to get your hair done. Just4Paws groomers Deirdre Plante and Tessie Anderson will be busy all week getting the dogs looking their very best when they step out in all their style on St. Patrick’s Day. The mascot this year is “Cullen” the wolfhound owned by Susan Daly. Cullen will be donning a bandana knitted by Janet Howley. Also in attendance for support of Bark for Arc will be Gogglebox’s very own Paul Roche and his two pooches “Ozzie” and “Axle”.
Bark for ARC, brainchild of Tina O’Driscoll, held its first and highly successful fundraising event last year. Several hundred participants registered for “walkies” with their dogs. The first meeting of core committee group has recently taken place and details of this year’s Bark for Arc walk will be available soon. All proceeds go directly to the Youghal branch of ARC Cancer Support House, 29 Friar Street. The support at Youghal’s ARC House is through a drop in and phone service. No appointment is necessary and trained volunteers are on hand to offer both emotional support , practical advice and counselling. For anyone requiring more information please call 024 92353 / 087 2731121.
Keep an eye out for ARC House’s fashioned friends on four legs in this year’s colourful Paddy’s Day Parade.