A YOUNG Dundalk woman is organising a fashion show with the aim of raising funds so she can travel to rebuild an orphanage in Thailand.
Local student Samantha Maguire (22) is hosting the fashion show on the 28 April at the Fairways Hotel, in the hope of raising €5,000 so she can follow her heart and help rebuild an orphanage that was destroyed by flooding which devastated its region of Thailand.
Samantha hopes to travel this June for one month to rebuild the orphanage, a project that means alot to her as she herself was brought up in foster care.
“I have been involved in other charity projects, and I believe you get from life what you put into it,” says Samantha, who has absailed down the side of Crowne Plaza in the past to raise money for worthy causes. She helped raise money for the Irish Heart Foundation and number of other local charities, but this project represents her biggest commitment yet.
“I’m not going out there for a holiday,” says the sometime model, who will have to work in the sweltering heat of Thailand. “We are there to work.”
The fashion show which Samantha is organising will be a three hour stage show for Dundalk’s finest fashions, with a number of local retailers taking part.
It also happens to fall on Samantha’s 23rd birthday.
The show will be MC’d on the night by Mona Daly and local snapper Arthur Carron will take photos on the night. There will also be a number of stunning bridal designs from a top Dublin designer showcased.
“Mona has been a great help, and we are hoping to get a great crowd in the night. Charlie Coyle of Uncle Charlies night club has organised a shuttle bus to take people from the fashion ashow back to Uncle Charlies where he is having a drinks promotion.”
There will also be trade stalls on the way into the venue and Samantha is looking for local retailers to avail of the opportunity to get their wares out there.
Samantha needs to raise €5,000 to be allowed travel with i to i Volunteering group who have organised the rebuild of the orphanage.
“I’m also looking for a sponsor for my plane tickets. It’s for a great cause, and so many people have already given their help. Dundalk Football Club have already donated jerseys to give to the orphans.”
Admission to the fashion show is 15 euro on what promises to be great night for local fashionistas, with a free wine reception from 6 to 7pm, and the main show from 7pm to 10pm.