Last weekend saw staff members from Tesco in the Longwalk Shopping Centre walk down the aisle not to stock shelves but for a ‘mock wedding’ which raised over €1,800 for Aware.
The theme was ‘My big fat Gypsy Mock Wedding’ and ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’ for the night’s celebrations were Tesco Longwalk colleagues Breda Bergin and Stephen Shields.
The ‘bride’ was accompanied on the night by her ‘bridesmaids’ Laura McGinn, Jackie Gorman and Melissa Woods, and her ‘parents’ Terry McFeeney and Gareth Smyth.
Groomsmen on the day were Tesco colleagues Chris Heeney, Andrew Rafferty and Gary McArdle and ‘parents of the groom’ Mick Hanaphy and Catherine Rafferty.
All members of the bridal party were colleagues from Tesco Longwalk.
To ensure that the service was resided over officially, Tesco Store Manager Mal Blackburn took on the role of ‘Priest’ for the evening!
Speaking about the event, Tesco Longwalk Charity of the Year Champion Sharon McGeough commented “As with all weddings there was plenty of planning to get the bridal party ready for their big night, which took place at Dundalk Stadium earlier this month.
“We would like to thank all of our store colleagues and friends who came along on the night, helping us raise €1,859 for Aware.”
Aware is the national organisation providing information, support and education around depression, a condition which affects more than 450,000 people in Ireland (one in ten) at any one time. Funds raised are benefitting Aware’s Life Skills programme which is delivered over the course of 6 weeks.
The programme is focused on teaching participants how to manage feelings of stress, worry or anxiety and helps them learn simple and practical skills to cope with life’s challenges.
In the first year of the partnership, funds raised allowed Aware to deliver its free secondary schools programme, Beat the Blues, to over 40,400 students in 569 schools across the country.
The charity was chosen as the Tesco Charity of the Year for 2012 and 2013. Since its inception in 2001, the Tesco Charity of the Year Programme has donated over €10 million to 8 Irish charities.
A spokesperson for aware said “ We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Tesco staff throughout the country, who along with their families and local communities have welcomed this partnership with lots of enthusiasm.”
For general queries or to get information about Aware’s support services and education programmes, you can call their national office on 01 661 7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any Tesco Charity of the Year fundraising queries, please email email@example.com
For more information log onto www.aware.ie or www.tesco.ie