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Irish celebrities lend their support to children's charity CARI at annual Christmas lunch

Sasha Brady

Published 27/11/2015 | 17:46

Cecelia Ahern ,Miriam Ahern and Georgina Byrne at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin.
Picture :Brian McEvoy
Cecelia Ahern ,Miriam Ahern and Georgina Byrne at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin. Picture :Brian McEvoy

Cari hosted their annual Christmas Lunch at Intercontinental Ballsbridge today and Ireland's most glamorous ladies were out in force to lend their support to the children's charity.

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Those attending the lunch were treated to a generous champagne reception, along with wine, to accompany a four-course gourmet feast.

Lisa Duffy at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin.
Picture :Brian McEvoy
Lisa Duffy at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin. Picture :Brian McEvoy

During lunch guests were treated to a performance by The Halleluia Gospel Choir, Paul Byrom and Sister of Sound as well as the charms of MC, TV3's Alan Hughes.

The charity, which supports child victims of sexual abuse, receives an outpouring of support at their annual Christmas lunch and this year was no different as Ireland's style set came out in force.

Anne Marie McManus and Vivienne Leavy at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin.
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Anne Marie McManus and Vivienne Leavy at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin. Picture :Brian McEvoy

Guests who attended on the day included Lisa Duffy, Terry Mc Coy, Georgina Byrne, Cecelia Ahern, Yvonne Connolly, and Jane Given.

The charity's sponsor Miriam Ahern, who provides counselling services to children and families of sexual abuse, was also in attendance, as well as Carmel Breheny from sponsors, Marks and Spencers; Michelle Spillane, Claire Ronan, Gillian Nelis, Melanie Morris and Gary Kavanagh to name but a few.

Yvonne Connolly at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin.
Picture :Brian McEvoy
Yvonne Connolly at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin. Picture :Brian McEvoy

Guests didn’t walk away empty handed as they received packed goody bags with treats from Lionsgate a DVD of Cecelia Ahern’s book 'Love Rosie' and a Newbridge Silverware Christmas tree decoration. A fun-filled raffle concluded the afternoon and guests moved onto House Dublin to continue the celebrations.

“Our fundraising events are more important than ever where despite signs of financial recovery state funding to charities continues to reduce. Due to these ongoing cutbacks waiting lists in CARI have now extended to a year," said Mary Flaherty CEO of CARI .

Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin.
Picture :Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick at The Cari Christmas 2015 Charity lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin. Picture :Brian McEvoy

"There are today 100 children on our waiting lists who need therapy now not in a year's time. To respond to this unacceptable situation we are launching our Sponsor a child campaign.

"Most of you would be shocked to know that statutory and voluntary services for children from two to eighteen are significantly less than those available to adults, and yet these services are being cut on the same basis as well developed adult services.”

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