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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Stars in their eyes for St Aidan's Services fundraiser

At the St Aidan’s Services launch of their ‘Oscarz’ fundraiser were, front row: board member Mary Kenny, James Browne TD and Tom Brennan, Altura Credit Union. Back row: board members Olive O’Doherty, Diarmuid Devereux, Minister Finian McGrath, chairman Pat McCarthy, Minister Michael D’Arcy, Vincent Kearney and Maura Kelly, St Aidan’s Services CEO
At the St Aidan’s Services launch of their ‘Oscarz’ fundraiser were, front row: board member Mary Kenny, James Browne TD and Tom Brennan, Altura Credit Union. Back row: board members Olive O’Doherty, Diarmuid Devereux, Minister Finian McGrath, chairman Pat McCarthy, Minister Michael D’Arcy, Vincent Kearney and Maura Kelly, St Aidan’s Services CEO

Cathy Lee

Actors are required for St Aidan's Services Oscarz fundraiser, with 45 speaking roles and 15 non speaking roles to be filled. The talent in Gorey will then all be revealed at the Oscarz red carpet event, which will take place later in the year, on Saturday, November 16 at the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey. St Aidan's Services launched this brand new fundraiser for 2019 alongside service users, staff, board members and local politicians last month.

Describing this as the 'Biggest fundraiser in Gorey,' Vice Chairperson of the board of St Aidan's Diarmuid Devereux explained that funding is vitally needed to continue the service. 'It's a cry for help to the Gorey Community,' said Diarmuid adding that the people who need to use the services are valuable members of the Gorey community, and people need to take responsibility for the people in this way. Already, since the launch of the fundraiser, over €20,000 has been donated which St Aidan's Services.

The team want to see people in Gorey coming together, and playing their part and the public can do this by volunteering to be an actor in the Gorey Oscars, be they budding actors or enthusiastic dramatists, all are welcome to join in. Diarmuid explained that the team are looking for people to act out various film scenes, and these will then be showcased at the Oscars award ceremony. These films scenes look set to include the likes of Forest Gump, Father Ted, Goodfellas, The Snapper, The Commitments, and My Left Foot. For four weeks before filming, a drama coach will run a casting night which will involve some basic drama skills and teaching on what is involved. Since 1981, the service in Gorey has been operating a day activity centre for service users, to meet the needs of each individual adult and child and is funded through community funding and the South Eastern Health Board. For more information on taking part, contact goreyoscarz@gmail.com.

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