Friday 19 July 2019

Miriam's gowns and Rob's sweaters up for grabs in war against hunger in Africa

Rob Kearney and Miriam O'Callaghan
Rob Kearney and Miriam O'Callaghan

Fancy owning one of Miriam O'Callaghan's glamorous gowns or pulling on one of Rob Kearney's sweaters?

Well, here's your chance. The generous Prime Time presenter has raided her extensive wardrobe to donate some of her most head-turning pieces for a worthy cause, as has the Ireland rugby star.

Organised by Lorraine Keane, the Fashion Relief fundraiser at the RDS on May 13 sees a host of well-known faces selling on their old clobber to the public to help combat hunger in East Africa.

Miriam has donated several full-length dresses by top labels including Kate Middleton-favourite LK Bennett, in addition to handbags and shoes, while Rob gave signed rugby jerseys and jumpers.

Model Sarah Morrissey parted with some of her favourite dresses, along with some shoes and accessories, while rugby commentator Brent Pope handed over some footwear from his Pope Shoes collection.

Lorraine, who travelled to Tanzania last year, said everyone had been very generous as they knew it was going towards a good cause, namely helping Oxfam Ireland tackle the hunger crisis overseas.

She said that every €50 raised will give clean drinking water to six families for a month.

"We all have so much and a little goes a very long way in the developing world," she said.


"How can people starving not be really big news?

"I think that if people know and we make them aware, they're happy to donate, and that's what I hope Fashion Relief is going to do.

"I will go over with the money we raise and every single cent of it will go towards the commun- ity and the projects over there."

RTE presenter Miriam, who recently ruled herself out of the presidential race, said she was "absolutely delighted" to support Lorraine in such a worthy cause.

"It looks like it's going to be a superb event and I for one have donated a pair of shoes and a couple of dresses that I really love, so the standard of items on sale look like they will be really lovely," she said.

Rob said he was more than happy to row in behind a good cause and de-clutter.

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