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Thursday 25 May 2017

It's all in the jeans for charity

Kevin Keane

ACTRESS Charlene McKenna has revealed that her 12 nieces and nephews have inspired her to help disadvantaged children.

The award-winning star of RTE's 'Raw' is the face of this year's Denim Day for the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF).

She's urging schools and workplaces to wear denim this Friday in order to raise money for disadvantaged children.

"It's a great idea and it's nice to raise money through a bit of fun rather than just badgering people."

The 27-year-old was encouraged to get involved with the IYF by her young nephews and nieces.

"I cannot imagine them not having a good life and the opportunities that I had so I thought the cause is very well earned."

"It is also apt that the charity is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and over those years has really helped to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances."

The Monaghan-born actress has had a busy year, filming a new series of 'Raw' and appearing in two international mini series -- 'Merlin' and 'Misfits'.

She said viewers could expect a lot of ups and downs for her character Jojo in 'Raw'.

"There's a lot of funny stuff but she is on a very downward spiral."

This year's Denim Day fundraiser hopes to make more than €20,000 which will go towards projects helping young people around the country.

Fashion chain BT2 will also donate 50c to the IYF each time somebody downloads its new iPhone app.

More information about the 15th Annual Denim Day can be found at www.iyf.ie/denimday.

Irish Independent

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