Tubs nabs window of opportunity to make live charity appeal for toys
Published 09/12/2010 | 05:00
IT must have made the 'Late Late Toy Show' seem like a walk in the park.
Broadcasting from the window of Dublin department store Arnotts facing out on to a wintry Henry Street, Ryan Tubridy -- even without his festive jumper -- proved to be the hottest ticket in town.
The 2fm broadcaster, who said he felt a little like a gnome in full view of dozens of shoppers, made his on-air plea for toy donations for his Christmas charity collection in aid of the St Vincent de Paul.
And, when he wasn't posing for pictures with festive shoppers, Tubridy's guest, Ryder Cup golf star Padraig Harrington, admitted he may be the only person left in the country who's enjoying the snow.
"At this time of year I've just finished up so I've got a six-week break. I'm meant to be winding down. It's probably better that I can't get out and practise, I still practice indoors," said the perfectionist, just returned from South Africa.
Padraig and his wife Caroline came equipped with an armful of toys for the 'Toys for Tubs' collection, which is due to help St Vincent de Paul in the charity's annual appeal for gifts for struggling families. "I've two kids and it is nice to explain to them that not all kids are as fortunate as they are," he said.
Shoppers also donated hundreds of toys including 'Toy Story' games, teen books and craft kits.
Other celebrities who turned up for the charity launch included Olympic runner Sonia O'Sullivan, former 'Apprentice' contestant Geraldine O'Callaghan, Eurovision winner Eimear Quinn, and Boyzone's Mikey Graham.
Appropriately enough, Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams was in the store searching for the Irish-speaking bear, Babog Baby or BB.
It appears the newly declared runner for the Louth constituency already has his election cap on as he gleefully seized the opportunity to appear on Tubridy's radio show.
"I couldn't listen to that scumbag," snapped one shopper as she trundled off into the distance leaving Adams' words blaring out behind on her on the speakers.
But many quietly listened as one woman told how a charity providing her with a 'My Little Pony' to give to her daughter during a bad patch had helped save her Christmas.
Maria McKinney, from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, whose story had helped spark the 'Tubs for Toys' appeal, urged people to "not be afraid to look for help".
She said everyone could hit a bad patch but that you do get over it.