Locals are being urged to donate unused and unwanted bags and jewellery to St Christopher’s Services, as the staff and service users prepare to host their second Monster Midland Handbag and Jewellery sale.
As the saying goes - ‘out with the old and in with the new’ and this fundraiser will surely give Longford’s fashionistas a chance to do just that, by donating unwanted items in favour of purchasing a new piece to jazz up your wardrobe for as little as €1!
First held in 2009, this hugely successful fundraising drive will this time benefit the Physical Education Department, who hope to complete their facilities with the addition of a Liberty Swing.
“It’s a dual purpose swing - and the world’s safest swing - that is for both wheelchair users and able-bodied people,” revealed Oonagh Flynn, Physical Education teacher and co-ordinator of the sale.
While it will undoubtedly provide a wonderful recreational activity, allowing wheelchair users to be included when peers take to the playground, swinging and swing therapy also have several health benefits.
“For those with autism, the motion is relaxing and calming for children or adults who become over-stimulated. It can also be used as a reward for positive behaviour,” Oonagh continued.
Pointing out that they have already received excellent support from the community in the past, particularly in helping to provide the service users with the top notch facilities that they now have access to, including specialised bikes, go karts and a rickshaw, Oonagh asked the people of Longford to once again lend their support to the service.
“Bags have to be in saleable and excellent condition and the jewellery can be comprised of costume or other jewellery.”
The items will go on sale at bargain prices in the Longford Arms Hotel on May 14 from 11am until 6pm, and Oonagh also alluded to a raffle which will see some spectacular items up for grabs.
If you would like to donate any unwanted bags and jewellery or unopened gifts that may be suitable for raffle, bring the items to St Christopher’s, Battery Road, where they will be prepared for the monster sale.