A number of celebrities were among a team of amateur models that took the catwalk at Midleton Park Hotel last Friday 11 October as part in a Charity Fashion Show.
People flocked in their hundreds to send two Transition Year students, Caoimha Murray and Lucy Coleman on the Hope Foundations Immersion Programme, and take a fashionable sneak peak of 2020’s hottest trends.
The event was organised by both Caoimha and Lucy, who attend Coláiste na Phiarsigh, Glanmire, and had Mark Fanta O’Sullivan as MC, along with stylist and TV personality, Carol Byrne.
Both girls told the East Cork Journal “people were surprised to see the fashion East Cork has to offer. 15 local outlets showcased their stuff, proving you don’t have to leave East Cork, when it comes to shopping for the latest fashions.”
The Hope foundation Immersion Programme offers Irish Transition Year and 5th Year students the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata and see the work which is being done there by the Charity, and the work still needed to be undertaken.
The region is home to over 250,000 street children aged between 3 and 12 years. Many of them work twelve hours a day seven days a week, or they beg or steal to survive. Many often experience physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
As well as visiting the Projects which include schools, crèches, protection homes and the Hope Hospital, students also get the opportunity to experience Indian culture and make new friends.
The Hope Foundation works to reduce this extreme poverty through education, nutrition and medical care by funding over 60 projects.
Celebrities on the night included Orlagh Farmer and Kevin Flavin, Cork Rose of Tralee Stephanie McCarthy, St Colman’s Community College Principal Bernie O’Connell, Caoimha Harney and Katie Ahern