Brides-to-be say ‘I do’ for refugees

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A very special event is set to take place on the 28th of October in House on Leeson Street.

“I Do, for Syria” is an auction of pre-loved wedding attire in order to raise much needed funds for the Irish Red Cross, who are currently working with Syrian Refugees.

Roisin Kelly, the event organiser, is encouraging women to give away their wedding gowns for the good cause.

Roisin told The City: “I don’t have a huge amount of money to donate, but what I did have was one very expensive, worn once, beautiful wedding dress. The images of Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a beach really made me sit up. It broke my heart. I’ve always wanted to help the refugees and now was the time to do it.

“So far, we have received about 40 dresses from past brides and bridesmaids. Even bridal stores including Sharon Hoey, Myrtle, Ivory to name just a few have donated. I can’t begin to describe the response. Not one person or store has said no to getting involved and for the most part we’ve hardly had to ask.”

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Parting with her dress wasn’t an easy decision for Roisin. She said: “It was hard but I’ve made my peace with it. Seeing what this has become makes me prouder than the dress ever could. It’s a beautiful dress and hopefully it will go to a good home and money raised will help aid the refugees.”

On the night before the auction, there’ll be a fashion show held showcasing the dresses .

“What we are doing is the tiny tip of a very big iceberg. Hopefully the auction makes tons of money for The Irish Red Cross,” she said.

Brides who would like to donate are asked to get in contact via www.facebook.com/IDoForSyria for further information.

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