#GetTheGirlsOut

Last Sunday myself and a few friends attended a charity event Get The Girls Out sponsored by Tom Murphy Car Sales, an Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show at Faithlegg House Hotel to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. What made this event so special? The models were all Breast Cancer survivors and were so inspirational they made a great day, a fantastic day.

Get The Girls Out Logo

Doors opened at 1pm and thankfully the sun was shining as we were led outside for a Thin Gin reception. After some time basking in the sunshine, we went into the function room which was decorated to pink and white perfection. A decadent afternoon tea was served including scones, sandwiches and finger licking desserts (special mention to the chocolate squares!).

The fashion show was held while the afternoon tea was being served showcasing the latest collections from Tommy Hilfiger, Muse Boutique, Orchid Boutique, Janelle Boutique and Redlane Boutique styled by Dawn McGrath. At various points throughout the show, the fab hostess WLR FM’s Teresanne O’Reilly spoke to each model who shared their stories. These women are so inspirational, there are not enough adjectives to describe the admiration I have for them.

In addition to the local boutiques, Dunmore East designer Bebhinn McGrath showed her debut collection, a ethical Irish fashion label, the day before it launched online. Check out the collection at http://www.bebhinn.ie.

“Born from the desire to create a more thoughtful, deliberate shopping experience; designer Bébhínn McGrath established her brand with a sensitivity and respect to the design process, promoting the slow, natural accumulation of lasting wardrobe pieces. Representing a structured fluidity inspired primarily by the architecture of organic forms, Bébhínn carefully selects each of her purist fabrics by hand. Placing the utmost importance on longevity in construction and silhouette, each made-to-order garment is designed and handcrafted in her studio in Waterford, Ireland. Comprised of timeless silhouettes, the BÉBHÍNN wardrobe is intended to be worn and cherished for years to come.”

In addition to all this, there was goodie bags supplied by Mulligans Pharmacy, a raffle with lots of prizes from local companies and Lisa of Lisa’s Lust List picked the winner of the Best Dressed who won a €250 Harvey Travel Waterford voucher and a €290 Thomas Sabo watch courtesy of Kneisel Jewellers.

Above all this, the most important message from the day was to check your breasts. A talk was given on the importance of knowing your own body and checking any changes regularly – recommended each month 7 to 10 days before your period.

Here are the Irish Cancer Society’s 5 point breast awareness code for women of all ages:

  1. Know what is normal for you
  2. Know what changes to look and feel for
  3. Look and feel
  4. Discuss any changes with your GP without delay
  5. Attend for breast screening once you are aged 50 or over

The full price of all ticket sales for the event and monies raised through the raffle on the day are divided between Waterford Hospice and the Solas Centre. I have no doubt that Get The Girls Out will become an annual event and hope that it will spread country wide. The support and coming together of so many local business and the community is to be admired.

The final word must go to the models themselves. Thank you for sharing your stories, advice and experience with all of us. Your standing ovation was truly deserved and you will forever be in my thoughts. Thank you Jen Hartley, Alice Phelan, Gillian Jacob, Tara Kelly-Fitzpatrick, Ruth Harris, Lizzy Lacey, Jean Rowe and Maria Irish for a day never to be forgotten.

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