Models steal show at INEC

Tadhg Evans

Another year, another successful staging, even by the exceptionally high standards previous editions of the Models in Recovery Fashion Show have set.

The Kerry Hospice Foundation fundraiser had gathered almost €100,000 for county hospice services over the past five years, and the Killarney branch chairperson, Pat Doolan, has every reason to be confident that last Wednesday's running will get them past the six-figure milestone.

"It was a big crowd and a fantastic night, very enjoyable," he said. 

"I'd say we had in excess of 1,000 people, and that might be putting it conservatively.

"Last year we raised roughly €26,000, and I'd be confident we'll exceed that figure this time around."

The show is fairly unique as it is, with all 22 models involved - 16 women and six men - having survived cancer themselves. But if it needed anything else to set it apart, the entertainment on the night did just that.

TV presenter Noel Cunningham emceed the event for a second time; and a generous raffle supported by many local individuals and businesses; a wine reception beforehand; and entertainment by DJ Donal Clifford all did their part to whet the appetite.

Also among the highlights was a fabulous offering of singing, music, and dancing by the Sem Boys Choir, Pat explained, and there was an added poignancy to this as they dedicated their performance to the school's caretaker, Johnny Cronin, who was laid to rest the following day.

While those who helped in any way were too numerous to mention individually, Pat says they'll know who they are, and he was not short of praise for the assistance they've given Kerry's hospice services.

"They've given great help to the Palliative Day Care Centre, the 15-bed Palliative Care Unit, home-care nursing, and dedicated palliative-care beds in hospices around the county."