Carrigtwohill Miniature Models Show Supports Two Great Charities

By Claire O’Donoghue

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An amazing exhibition entitled the “Carrigtwohill Miniature Models Show” is taking place at Fota Island Resort Hotel on Sunday, 14 April from 10 am to 5pm. The show will feature collectors from around the country displaying every kind of die-cast model vehicle you can imagine. The organising committee is made up of a group of like-minded enthusiasts from the Carrigtwohill area and will  benefit two amazing charities.

Ned Ramsell has been amassing his 4,500 collection of miniature die-cast models for over 21 years “I don’t drink or smoke”, said Ned, “this is what I do instead”. Ned and his fellow committee members, Niall Healy, Charlie Cotter, Martin O’Rourke, Eamonn Finn, Timmy Cunningham and friend Pádraig (Podge) Hannon, have put their lifelong hobby to the best of uses.

Both Charities benefitting from the event were easily chosen by the group. The first is “Friends of Leukaemia Patients Cork” established in 1985, which provides home-from-home accommodation within walking distance of St. James’ Hospital in Dublin for patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Pádraig Hannon of the committee is not a miniature model enthusiast like the rest of the crew. He got involved to raise money for the Charity that helped him. Two and a half years ago, Pádraig lost his beautiful wife Aoife (35) to a rare form of immune-deficiency cancer called HLH. “When we were about to start Aoife’s treatment I got in touch with Friends of Leukaemia Patients Cork. They were amazing and arranged an apartment in Dublin for us to stay while the treatment and appointments were going on. We were three months in and out of St. James’ Hospital. Their help really eased some of the financial stress that we didn’t want to have to deal with, while we concentrated on Aoife’s health. Sadly, Aoife lost her battle. Pádraig and his friends want to help the next family dealing with a loved one needing treatment away from home.”

The second charity is Carrigtwohill’s own First Responders who provide invaluable, voluntary medical assistance to people over a large local area. Speaking with Iain Grant from the CFR, he said, “We’re raising money for a second mobile defibrillator as we have two crew members on call at all times. Due to the large area we cover, minutes can make all the difference and we want our team fully equipped for all circumstances.”

The Carrigtwohill Miniature Models Show will be a fantastic day out for young and old alike. Entry tickets for individuals are just €5 and a family pass is €10. What a lovely event these “boys and their toys” have organised. Come along and enjoy a display like no other you have seen before and support two very worthwhile causes at the same time. The group would like to thanks all their sponsors, donations and support they received as they organised the event.

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