Fashion show raises €2,000
A fundraising fashion show night for brothers Harvey and Archie Smith - who suffer from cerebral palsy - drew a crowd of more than 160 people to the Brandon House Hotel recently, raising around €2,000 for a new wheelchair accesible vehicle for the boys.
In what was a great community effort involving local boutiques and menswear shops, along with Wexford and New Ross councils, the event drew lovers of fashion from across the district to the hotel to see the latest summer fashions.
Harvey (8) and his brother Archie (7) were born nine months apart to the day, weighing 1lb 6 ounces and 2lbs 3 ounces respectively. Despite Harvey's weight and fears that he wouldn't survive due to a multiplicity of health problems, he has made amazing strides forward in life. The same can be said of his little brother.
Both brothers require round the clock care. Their parents Paul Smith and Michelle O'Connor have raised almost €15,000 towards the cost of a new vehicle to bring their sons to and from hospital appointments.
Through their Go Fund Me page they have raised €2,145 and the remaining money has been raised through donations and fundraisers.
Their old vehicle is 15 years old and needed to be replaced so they currently have a 2006 vehicle which was donated to them. A cheque for €600 was presented to Paul at the fundraising night in the Brandon House Hotel by Celia Walsh, and represented the proceeds of a 40 km fundraising walk which she undertook on June 3 on the Waterford Greenway from Carriganore to Dungarvan. A further €200 was lodged into the fundraising account. Paul said everyone enjoyed a great night, watching models showcase the latest fashions from Lady Imelda, Revolution, Clothesline, Wallace's of Wellingtonbridge, Cooper's and Lawlors. Among the models were Harvey and Archie's doctor Kevin Byrne and New Ross Municipal District Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Whelan. The winner of the top prize in the raffle - a €400 Irish Ferries voucher - was Elizabeth Geraghy from Kilbraney, Gusserane.
Paul was presented with a €1,000 donation from Wexford County Council staff, so in total, he and Michelle raised €3,700 last week towards the cost of a vehicle. They hope to raise more money through selling a car which was donated to them and have someone who will help them towards the cost of the €40,000 vehicle they require. A couple in Terrerath plan to donate the proceeds from a walk they plan in the area in August to Harvey and Archie.
'We hope to have the new vehicle by the end of the year if we can raise some more money.'
Paul thanked everyone who attended the night, the models, the businesses who participated and donated prizes, Celia, Wexford County Council, Susan Kent, Sean O'Neill and the Brandon House Hotel.
New Ross Standard