Midleton CBS Secondary School’s Winter Wonderland Fashion Show Raises €7,500 for its ASD Unit

By Alan Sheehan and Andrea Cunningham

Helen Murph and Joy Higgins Organisers

Midleton CBS Secondary School’s Winter Wonderland Market and Fashion Show was an outstanding success last Thursday, 8 December, raising, just over €7,500 for the school’s ASD unit.

The Winter Wonderland event comprised 12 market stalls run by local businesses which were open from 7pm, and a fashion show which commenced at 8pm. The night was attended by almost 350 people, and raised just over €7,500 for the school’s ASD unit, which caters for the needs of pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

“It was fantastic,” said Helen Murphy, a teacher at Midleton CBS Secondary School and an organiser of the event. “It was a great night. We’d 340 people attending, so it was very well supported. We raised a significant amount of money for the ASD unit in the school. The funding we get from government is fine but not adequate, and the money we raised will make a huge difference in terms of resources for those in the ASD unit.”

The event featured goodie bags given to the first 100 attendees, and a mulled wine reception. The markets featured 12 stalls showcasing the products of Midleton businesses. “The Midleton shops looked amazing,” said Ms Murphy.  “The stalls and the products looked beautiful, and it showed how Midleton can really be a shopping town. It showed how viable it is to shop and support local, because there was something for everyone.”

The highlight of the night, the fashion show, kicked off at 8pm and was emceed by Gerald Kean, who journeyed from Dublin to donate his time, free of charge, to the event.

“The fashion show was fantastic,” said Ms Murphy. “It got a really, really good response. It had something for everyone – menswear, day- and nightwear, bridal, and so on. The staff models were complimented by their professionalism. The market stalls reopened at halftime, and afterwards they held a monster raffle and the star prize. The principal Pat Hurley gave an address about how it was his last event in an official capacity, and Gerald Keane was a very entertaining host.”

“Overall there was a Great atmosphere, a great community spirit,” said Ms Murphy. “The school would like to thank all of our sponsors for and all their help, and the prizes and the star prize for the raffle. Everybody was very, very generous. We’re overwhelmed by the huge amount of people and business who supported, helped us out, and donated their time and products. Without their help it wouldn’t’ve been possible, and it made a huge difference to the ASD unit.”