St Aloysius’ College Carrigtwohill will hold their first fundraiser of the new school year in less than two weeks’ time on Wednesday, 20 September.
The school will hold a ticket-only Fashion Show at the Radisson Blu hotel in Little Island, Cork in two Wednesdays time. The doors will open at 7pm and the show will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets went on sale at the school this past Wednesday, 6 September and are priced at €20, with the proceeds going towards overhauling the school’s sports facility.
“Tickets can be purchased at the school for €20,” said Sean Twomey, Principal of St Aloysius’ College Carrigtwohill. “Doors open at 7pm and we are hoping to start the show for 7.30pm. We will have a wine and cheese reception for the over-18s, as well as prizes on the night for the best dressed. There will be approximately 60 students modelling, ten students from each year. As there is always more people wanting to model then there are places, we will draw the names randomly. There will be a number of teachers modelling as well. That’s always a highlight for the students, seeing their teachers on the catwalk.”
The Fashion Show will be held in association with Lockdown Model Agency, with Gilead Sciences as main sponsor.
“Gilead is our main sponsor and we are grateful to be given so many prizes from local establishments and companies,” said Principal Twomey. “We are very lucky with the clothes shops, as 16 or 17 of them are supporting us. All the students modelling will be taught how to do so beforehand; we are getting help from a past pupil who is a model. Lockdown will provide four professional models as some dresses from the shops are especially well-designed.”
The proceeds of the Fashion Show will go towards installing a new surface on the school’s currently unusable hockey pitch.
“We are looking to do up our sporting facility,” said Principal Twomey. “We have an asphalt pitch for hockey that we can’t use anymore as the rules have changed. We need to install a new surface. The school’s fundraising committee sat down and thought of different ideas. We contemplated doing a Strictly Come Dancing event, but as we are an all-girls school we decided that a fashion show would be a good starting point to dip our foot in and see how we would get on. We are hoping it will be a community event for everybody, and that the students and their families to get involved. We are just hoping that people will come and support us on the night.”