The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon will host a Big Upcycle Pop Up charity sale this Sunday, June 1st, in aid of a project being spearheaded in Peru by Columban Sister and Inagh native, Sr. Mary Ann Neylon.
Sr. Neylon, affectionately known as Mary Ann, has worked for the last 25 years with the people in Lima to establish self-help groups for women to educate, support and sustain their local indigenous crafts including sewing and crochet traditional dressmaking.
Sr. Neylon has set her sights on putting a permanent building in place to afford shelter, dignity and self-worth to the women of Huaycan City in Lima, and her fundraising target is €10,000.
More than €3,000 has already been raised as a result of a separate Pop-Up sale in Áras Contae an Chláir, and a cake sale and church gate collection held in Inagh last week.
Sr. Mary Ann Neylon says she is “stunned” by the level of public support received to date in Clare.
She added: “I’d like to thank people most sincerely. The women’s centre project is about leadership and training for women, youth and families and to help them to train others. It’s not about handouts, it’s about empowering people. Funds raised will help to construct a permanent building and re-roof the existing one. I am very proud of the people of Clare and all those who have organised and supported these worthy events”.
This Sunday’s charity sale in Ennistymon will feature a wide range of new and pre-loved clothing, bags and jewellery on sale for charity between 10am to 4pm. An Upcycling Clinic, hosted by an upcycling expert, will also be run between 12:30-2:30pm showing people how to breathe new life into their clothes and give them a real makeover. Three pieces of donated clothing have been upcycled in advance of the Clinic and will be on display at the event.
Anyone wishing to donate items for this Sunday’s event can do so by dropping them off at the Falls Hotel on Saturday, 31st May between 11am and 2pm or from 4pm to 7.30pm.