UP to 90 locals raised over e5,000 to help fund two schools in Ghana for one year by dressing up as Chalie Chaplin lookalikes on St Stephen’s Day.
The fundraiser was organised by Conor Hughes, the founder of the charity ‘Cross Cause’, who hailed the event as a “great, family day out”.
“I was very happy with the day. There was a great turnout; the tide was in; and the weather was very mild. The money is still coming in but I think it will pass the e5,000 mark,” said Conor.
The Charlie Chaplin lookalikes, including a number of dogs, and their families and supporters, gathered on the beach in Blackrock from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.
“There was a lot of fun for all the family with games and competitions such as the Best Dressed Female and Baby Chaplins,” said Conor.
“There was no shyness at all with the people who were in costume. They were dancing and enjoying themselves. It was as if they were playing a part.
“Seven members of the Stanley family won the Biggest Best Dressed Charlie Chaplin lookalike category.”
Charlie Chaplin silent films were also shown on a big screen throughout the day adding to the atmosphere. The widescreen was supplied courtesy of Jim Lally from Lally’s. Paddy Sands from Illy Coffees also supplied free teas and coffees, while Pelican Promotions donated the use of a marquee for the fundraiser.