Saturday 22 October 2016

Brides-to-be can aid refugees just by saying 'I Do, For Syria'

Emily Sullivan in a Stephanie Allin dress
Emily Sullivan in a Stephanie Allin dress
Roisin Kelly, organiser of I Do, For Syria, in her David Fielden wedding dress

BRIDES-to-be looking for their something old and something new can donate to the refugee crisis in the process, thanks to a pre-loved dress auction.

The 'I Do, For Syria' event is the brainchild of Roisin Kelly, who is organising the event in aid of the Irish Red Cross later this month.

She is encouraging women to give away their wedding gowns for the good cause.

Roisin - a blogger and mother of two boys, Dexter (3) and Arlo (1) - came up with the idea when deciding the fate of her own frock.

"I was having dinner about two weeks ago with friends who are getting married and they asked what I would do with my dress," said the Bray woman .

"I knew I would like to donate it, and then thought that it might not only be me who wanted to do it.

"I wanted to help somewhere working with refugees, because there have been some horrendous images and as a mother it really hit home.

"It really snowballed from there. The response has been phenomenal."

Roisin Kelly, organiser of I Do, For Syria, in her David Fielden wedding dress

A fashion show and raffle will be held in House Dublin, Leeson Street on October 28 before the dresses are auctioned off. Six bridal stores have also come on board, including Folkster, Myrtle Ivory and Sharon Hoey.

"So far we have over 30 dresses," said Roisin.

"I didn't expect the calibre of dresses that we got. Some are from brides who might only have got married a year or a year-and-a-half ago.

"It is a sacrifice to give it away because you become quite attached.

"Some cost a lot too. I'm six years married in January and my David Fielden dress was €2,500."

Brides are asked to contact www.facebook.com/IDoForSyria or to drop off dresses at Siopaella, Temple Lane South, Temple Bar.

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