A ‘Feast for Bethany’, a fundraising venture in aid of Bethany House in Longford town, is set to take place this coming Saturday, May 4, with a fun time promised for Longfordians of all ages.
The event was first thought of by locals Lisa Daly and Tena Keown, who wanted to raise some money to allow the families in Bethany House to make the most of their summer. They set about setting up a committee, which is now made up of Lisa Vernon, Cllr Gerry Warnock, Cllr Joe Flaherty and Brian McGann.
Together the team of Longford residents have organised 'A feast for Bethany' which is due to kick off on Saturday from 11am.
The event will take place on Market Square in Longford town, with an abundance of stalls, including a crepe stand, a homemade candle stall and more.
Children will be entertained with face painting carried out by Church of Hope, whilst musical entertainment will come in the form of School of Rock band Purify and Conor McLoughlin.
There will also be a few familiar faces on site on the day, with appearances from cartoon characters such as Scooby Doo, Batman, Spiderman and the Mickey and Minnie Mouse clan.
Following the day of entertainment, which is expected to wind down at 5pm, DJ Duggy will entertain the masses with some tunes in Andy Byrne’s bar. He will play hits from the 1960s right up to the latest tracks, ensuring everyone's musical preferences are catered for.
There will also be a raffle on the night, with a top prize of a watch donated by Donal Dobson. Other prizes include vouchers from Vocellas, Loughrey’s pharmacy, Dealz, Elegant Interiors, Grafters and Happy Feet.
Organisers have called on other establishments to help out if they are in a position to.
“Anyone else who wishes to donate something can contact 089-4924637,” organiser Lisa Daly explained.
Gift baskets for the event were kindly donated by Stan in O’Connors florist, while the marquee was donated by Davy Connell.
Lisa remarked, “I would like to thank the council for the use of the square and the Chamber of Commerce for supporting all of our events and of course, Dympna in tourism office. She has gone above and beyond to help us out.”
Bethany House was first opened in 2003 and is a Saint Vincent de Paul run operation. They help women in Longford, Laois, Westmeath and Offaly.